Monday, November 29, 2004

To Thine Own Self Be True

“To thine own self be true.” “Live the life you were meant to live.” “Be the person you were meant to be.” These statements convey a wonderful truth—that when we go inside & trust our intuition, life opens before us. When we ignore our inner leanings, however, trouble arises.
Joe had a love of the outdoors; but like his father, he became addicted to his work. Though he built up a successful law practice, Joe felt creatively stifled & inwardly desolate. One day Joe was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Realizing he had nothing to lose, he decided to pursue his passion & hike the Pacific Crest trail. Six months later, the tumor had disappeared.
Trying to live out somebody else’s life script is like putting a size 10 foot into a size 7 shoe. The size simply does not fit. No matter how hard you force yourself to adjust to your situation, the discomfort continues.
Why not start off with the right fit? Acknowledge your unique gifts & talents, as well as your wants & needs. Then seek out situations & circumstances that will allow them their full expression. This route may take time, but the results are worth it: a life of peace & fulfillment that comes from being true to yourself.