In my last post, I discussed having confidence. But to be sure of one’s self, we need to know who that “self” is.
Nowadays everyone goes, goes, goes so fast. We grasp at answers without fully understanding the question. Websites, Twitter, Facebook, Blog pages, photo sharing sites; life moves so fast. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of making ourselves known that we lose sight of who we really are.
The 17th century French author François Duc de La Rochefoucauld said,
“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.”
When we don’t have a firm grasp on what makes us unique individuals, our identity; we miss out on opportunities to build productive lives. If we want to live life to the fullest we must understand what it is we seek to get out of it. You must “know yourself.”
I believe it takes having gone through challenges and struggles to get to the point where we contemplate our deepest sense of self. Who Am I? Where is my place in this world?
There came a point in my life when I realized that being a joyous person meant stop feeling sorry for myself. When we compare ourselves to others, trying to duplicate their lifestyle and choices, we fail to understand our potential to become amazing, unique individuals.
So take time to sit in silent reflection. Become aware of your thoughts and actions and how they affect your life.
I think it is in our nature to feel important. To feel valued. If I want love and acceptance from others, I need to send love into the world. Treasure relationships. Share joy. The energy you put out into the world will come back to you 10 fold.