Monday, June 7, 2010

To Thine Own Self Be True

There's a reason why Shakespeare was Shakespeare. The man was a genius. His writing delved into the very core of the human spirit. But I don't want to talk about Shakespeare today; I want to talk about you. I want to talk about how his powerful words, "To thine own self be true", can open the door to fulfilling your life's true purpose.

For many of you, I know, those words feel selfish. Looking out for number one feels like the rest of the world is unimportant. Nothing could be farther from the truth. All the greatest, wealthiest, most influential people in the world put themselves first. As it should be.

I'll give you another, equally dynamic quote: "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Now while I don't know who coined this particular phrase, I recognize that it's the same compelling sentiment. Think about it. If you give everything to others, what is left over for you? And if there's nothing left over, won't you feel drained? Depleted? And ultimately, resentful? Give and give and give, and watch how fast others take and take and take. You may not have noticed by now, so I'm here to tell you that people treat you the way you treat yourself.

So I beg you; be kind to yourself. Give yourself compliments. Take note of how gorgeous you are when you stare into the mirror naked. Surround yourself with beauty and beauty will emanate from within you.  Fill yourself up and you'll overflow with energy, love, and countless other marvelous things to offer the world. Respect yourself and others will respect you. Love and cherish yourself and you will attract to you people who only want to love and cherish you. If you are whole and complete, you can't help but be a better wife, husband, mother, father, daughter, get the point.

Happiness begins with you. Start today. Be happy now.

Feed on love; subsist on peace.


  1. damn that was well put together and it gave me much encouragement!!..Keep it going i love to read inspiring writings

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  3. Hey Shawna - that was awesome! You are so smart and so right. I wear a ring with "To Thine Ownself Be True" engraved in it. I believe in it. I have no problem giving, but I will also not be shy about taking, too. I like your statement about others treating you the way you treat yourself, so I will only demand the best. Love you! Great job! Barbara

  4. I just found a quote by Confucius, "Respect yourself and others will respect you." Do great minds think alike or what? lol


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