"Be who we are and be that well." St. Frances De Sales
Hi there, my friend!
On the screen where I'm typing this, there's a tab that reads, "CONTENT", prompting me to enter my thoughts in this particular spot - to create "content." I smile every time I see it, remembering its homonym refers to "a state of being satisfied".
Shakespeare said it well
Getting to a place where we are content with who we truly are can be quite a journey. Shakespeare said it well,"...Ah, there lies the rub". I'm in my sixth decade of walking on this planet. Although I'm not so crazy about how the years bring a few random aches, I have grown to love the way the years have forged contentment with who I am. Younger years found me chasing the mirage of conformity. Like a dog chasing his tail, that pursuit is always a lost cause.
The wisdom of Dr. Seuss
“ You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant?”– Dr. Seuss
No more pinching!
It feels so much better to lean into the confidence of who we were created to be. It's like slipping on that favorite pair of jeans that fits you "just right". Ahhh! No pinching. No squishing. One of my favorite thoughts about this acquired comfort is from St. Francis de Sales.
“Be who you are and be that well. So that you may bring honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork you are.”
The domino effect
The beautiful thing about finding the grace for contentment in who we are is that we can more easily radiate that same grace to others. When we're trying to stuff ourselves into some strident ideal of perfection, we're more likely to hold others to demanding standards as well.
Let's do this instead
Let's aim to accept ourselves - with all of our strange warts and all. And let's extend the same acceptance to our fellow strangely-warted-travelers we meet along our journey.
"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has- or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all time." Mr. Rodgers
You are rare and valuable!
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