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Happy New Year, 2015. An artist acquaintance gave me the above quote, in her stunning calligraphy penned on real paper. I hung it on my coat closet door, near the front door: a passage-way-message to the outside world, an entry message for those who come in and visit.
In this time of New Year’s resolutions I want to draw your attention to the fact that resolutions usually have something to do with being someone else, something else, you haven’t been or haven’t achieved yet.
Most New Year’s resolutions are counter to being yourself. Why would you have to take on this new habit, lose those pounds, bike those miles, start that new diet, if you weren’t trying to be someone else, a “better” You?
It gets deeper. The quote that is. Be yourself, is a commitment to live into yourself completely, love all the corners of yourself and give all the parts of yourself a chance.
When you don’t exercise, are you your true self or are you a lazy caricature of yourself?
When you feel the resistance to an activity, a task, pop up in your head, ask yourself, “Am I myself right now, or am I limiting myself?” "If I do it/not do it, will I be happier with myself?"
What would your life feel/look like if you cleaned the dirt in that corner, organized that shelf, threw away that stuff, called that person, wrote that blog? Let me know in the comment section.
Be Yourself, everyone else is busy being someone else.