Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Repost: To Thine Own Self Be True

I'm going to have to ask for your forgiveness and understanding this week. I've been (and I still am) feverishly looking for a job. It has taken up my blog-posting time for the past three days, and it shows no signs of letting up. Please wish me luck and enjoy this repost from June 2010. It was my very first post (officially), so not many of you have had the opportunity to read it and comment on it.  

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? 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.

Have you gained wisdom from a favorite poem or quote? Please share it with the rest of us.

Until next week,
Feed on love; subsist on peace.


  1. I really like this post. For as long as I can remember I have always tried to please others or make others happy just because I am a people person and I like making other people happy.
    It's good to step back every once and a while and remember what makes you happy.

  2. my favorite quote...hmmm...

    i like..."You live until you die"

    my father always said this and it is far deeper than it sounds...i never really got the complexity of this simple set of words...

    until recently...

    i will be posting about it soon, actually...

    good luck on the job search. i think i have one sewed up when i am finally able to do a full day more than one day in a row.

    we'll see.

    Bruce Johnson JADIP
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    stupid stuff I see and hear
    The Dreamodeling Guy
    The Guy Book
    The Guy Book

  3. Alice- as women and more specifically mothers, we tend to put ourselves last, wrongly believing that this is best for our children.

    Bruce- That's a good one. There's a song called "Live Like We're Dying" by one or another of those American Idol kids. That song is beauty set to music.

  4. You are spot on as usual Mrs. Hyde. If you don't love yourself first, and take care of yourself first you don't have anything left to give anyone else.

    I've always been a people pleaser but moving to Idaho is turning everyone and everything I ever thought I knew before on its ear. And I love the way that feels.


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