Be Yourself

“To be nobody-but-yourself–in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else–means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” ~ E.E. Cummings, a Miscellany … 

Here is one of the greatest travesties of life–that so much of our incredible uniqueness and potential is lost in this world, simply because individuals abandon the fight to be their authentic selves at the suggestion of others, and ignore their divine nature at the behest of the secular world. Even my own experiences are a testament to the internal struggles I have had to deal with to be true to who I am–my feelings, my wants, my desires, and my needs. Time and time again I have lost sight of my authenticity, allowing the logic and ideas of others to creep in and become my own. To be “nobody-but-yourself” in this world truly does require a constant vigilance on our part to ensure that our thoughts and beliefs belong to our hearts and minds, and that we really do want the things that we think we want, do the things we think we should be doing, and believe the things that we think we believe.

As a parent, I am concerned for my children as well as our younger generations. It seems to me that there are much more marketing and advertising campaigns with subtle suggestions and subliminal messages these days–ones where the intent is not known, but rather implied. And I can only hope that these young individuals–perhaps having been exposed to much more marketing and advertising than I have–are able to find and keep their authentic selves in the midst of so much noise from the outside world telling them who they should be, what they should do, and what they should want.

We are all beautiful, unique individuals; there is no other like you or me on this Earth, nor will there ever be. And in the battle to be ourselves, we really are not really fighting against the world–we are struggling internally to be true to who we are inside and to make decisions that reflect our hearts authentically. And once we work through the layers of defense hiding all our wonderful qualities–letting go of the fear, anxiety, confusion, and uncertainty–we come to discover who we are, and perhaps more importantly, that we are strong enough to give the gift of authenticity to the world and to those we love.

Let your authentic self shine through.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the most important motivations for the decisions that you make?

Why do so many others feel that it is their right and duty to make us think and feel in the same ways that they think and feel?

What is one strategy that you can adopt that will help you to be aware of your uniqueness and authentic wants, needs, and feelings?

For further thought:

“We need to find the courage to say no to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.” ~ Barbara De Angelis, Are You the One for Me?

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