“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” - William Shakespeare
I woke up this morning with that quote running through my head. Where do those things come from. There are times when I end up with the Gillegans Island song, or the old Schaefer Beer jingle in my head,,,,,What’s up with that?
Anyway, no other Author, Philosopher, Poet does justice to that famous Shakespearean line than Thoreau. There are at least a dozen popular quotes attributed to him that illustrate the value of authenticity. We each must follow our own path, or better yet, forge it! If we use a map, we are not creating at all, but reacting to what others have created. All of us has a song in our head, a path we must journey, and it is uniquely our own. When we are reading someone else’s directions, we are not being true to who we are. In essence, we are robbing society of the diversity it is due from our specific contribution. We are copying the actions of others and denying the common good the piece we were supposed to add.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”~Henry David Thoreau~
Most of us are following a map diligently and wondering why we are not enjoying the journey. It is because we are on someone else’s journey! It is also very difficult to succeed when you are not being genuine. Once we begin following our bliss, success comes easily. There is no advantage to living life in attempt to please others. All that will happen is you MAY please 1 person and the cost will be your own happiness. You can’t be who others want you to be and find true happiness. Conversely, once you become your genuine self, others will be pleased and inspired by you. People will want to be around you, for who YOU are!
Too many of us comprise our true self at an early age with the need to “fit in”. We toss aside that which will effortlessly take us to Joy and replace it with the mask of insecurity. As we endeavor to fit into the mold of mediocrity, we fool others but not ourselves. It is like wearing shoes that do not fit because everyone else is wearing them. They may look good to the outside world, but is only us that feels the discomfort. When we traverse the field of creation with discomfort and compromise, we fail to yield the fruit we were meant to bear. Our lives end up void of meaning, filled with grief and despair. There is no value in pleasing others at the cost of losing yourself.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”~Henry David Thoreau~
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”~Henry David Thoreau~
Listen to your heart, do what you do with the least resistance. It may seem like it is nothing, too easy, can’t be the key to the kingdom, but it is. You definitely get further faster when you are paddling down-stream, it is almost effortless and yields the greatest advancement.
Go For It! Be uniquely YOU! Follow your bliss. Toss away the map. AND DON’T QUIT!
THE SADDEST TRUTH OF MAN IS THAT WE TRY SO HARD TO BE WHAT WE ARE NOT, FEARING THAT WHAT WE ARE WILL NOT BE ENOUGH!
The Journey IS the Destination- Life is not about where we are going, it is about the trip there!