"I am not who I think I am. I am not who you think I am. I am who I think you think I am."
So just who are you? Really and truly, down deep and dirty. Do you 'like' you? And I don't mean the popular over-used term, love, I am meaning like .... accept.... appreciate .... honor....the you that you are?
There's tons of motivating reads out there on being the 'authentic self', and it sounds great, but after we put the book down, just how do we tap into that well of elusive self- awareness hiding some place deep inside us?
So take a survey on yourself, asking those who have been close to you, and not so close, who am I?
Step out there on that limb and ask your spouse or significant other who are you....ask your kids ..... ask your parents and siblings .... ask your best friends and not-so-best-friends...ask your favorite teacher and the one who didn't know you existed.....ask an enemy or two....see who it is they think you are. Will they all share the same opinion of this person? What adjectives did they use describing you as to who, and how, you are, and if you are 'likeable'.....? Most likely they all a different version of who you are.
However, actually, it matters not a whit what any of them think. Your authentic self counts only in your own eyes. Your sense of worthiness is yours to evaluate. Am I true to myself? You find and follow your own code of truth, and others will follow.
The bottom line is, do you like you? And make no mistake, we know. If we dodge the question because we do not like what we know, then we have to ask, 'why not?' and 'just what can I do to change?' Before we can accept being our 'true' self, we have to do some honest self-work. We have to take a close look at who we've been, and how we've lived, asking, probing, questioning...evaluating, culling out the chaff....and is it an honest reflection of who I really am?
And the journey into self discovery begins.
Easy said, easy read? Sure it is. However, it is more than a possibility. Answers to our questions are waiting to be discovered, and with a new understanding, and acceptance, we are able to put the past where in needs to be, behind us, and move on to positive new beginnings, with new outcomes. Healthy, Confident, Happy and Contented.... Why? Because it's not life that's changed, we have.
Oh yes, it can be done.
Life is good and so it is. :))
You are not alone. We can walk the journey for self-awareness and personal empowerment together: individual coach/counseling sessions; weekly meditation classes; workshops and seminars for self-awareness and personal empowerment
Contact Marilyn. www.HolisticCoachAndCounsel.com