Being Yourself

PelicanRevealing your true self, not trying to act differently than you really are

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. Judy Garland

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e.e. cummings

There is just one life for each of us: our own. Euripides

The phrase “two faced” is often used to describe someone who presents themselves differently depending upon the circumstances. We may say one thing and mean another. Some politicians have a nature of shaping their words to the nature of their crowd. This is dishonesty. Where there is dishonesty, there is reason to distrust.
There is doubt and uncertainty as to what that person represents or who they really are.
It stands to reason, those who are comfortable being themselves and comfortable in their own skin, do not have a lot of problems with who they are. Those not comfortable with themselves are more likely to feel the need to try to present an altered presentation of themselves. If we feel the need to try to appear differently than we really are, we are likely to say or try to be what we think others want us to be. Many politicians are guilty of trying to say what they perceive others want or expect them to say. They are often guilty of using the latest poll to determine what people want or belief and then shape their message around the polls. Another way of saying this is: “They stick their finger up to see which way the wind is blowing”. Sometimes when we feel pressured to really impress someone, such as on a job interview, we often do not present our true self. We are trying to present a version of ourselves we think the other person expects or wants us to be.
The best policy is always honesty. We should be comfortable in our own skins and be our true selves. If we are not comfortable with who we are, therein lies the problem. We should always be committed to becoming a better us. In doing so, we should seek to be honest and sincere. We should hold ourselves accountable and responsible. This includes having high standards. We will always be an unfinished work, a masterpiece waiting to be finished. They will always be issues, blemishes, warts and pimples. We just do our best.
In order to truly be ourselves, we must decide to take our present state of ourselves and accept the responsibility that goes along with it. We may not totally like what or who we are. The challenge is to take the present version of ourselves and keep refining and polishing, always striving to do and be better.

Challenge: Are you comfortable in your own skin, with whom and what you are or do you wish you were someone other than you are? Overall do you like yourself, love yourself, or hate yourself? How you answer has much to do with how difficult it may be or may not be for you to be yourself. The more you do not like or love yourself, the more difficulties you will have. Self-acceptance is fundamental to self-esteem and self-worth.

Wisdom: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss

Spiritual: (NIV)
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

The better a person feels about them self, the more they are able to find reasons to love them self, the more likely they are able to honestly be them self. This is hard to do if one really dislikes them self. Once we invite God into our lives, we will be able to find reason to love ourselves. This will happen because we will begin to love and understand what love really is. God is love. He invented love. He will help us to truly learn to love.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my doubts and fears and to learn to have a more loving attitude.

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