“This above all: 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, Hamlet
“Do you!” – the popular edict often bandied about today, echoes the sentiments inherent in Polonius’ last words of advice to his son Laertes, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The notion of being loyal to one‘s self is as applicable today as it was in the 16th century.
Consider this – can a caterpillar be anything else other than a butterfly? And when that change occurs isn’t the butterfly simply gorgeous? Why then do we try to fit ourselves in the mould of others?
There are far too many stories told of unfulfilled dreams dying at the hands of parents trying to live vicariously through their children, or of failure wrought by persons seeking to emulate others rather than chart their own paths. There is also the unfortunate situation of aspirations being strangled by fear and inertia and unexpected death robbing persons of last ditch efforts to fulfil their true potential.
Can an unfulfilled life truly be deemed living?
Truly ‘living’ entails being our best, sincerely loving others, grabbing hold of every available opportunity and ultimately fulfilling our God-given purpose. Easier said than done – I know.
I am well aware that being true to self can sometimes be an extremely costly undertaking. It may cost us relationships, it may cost us time and money and in some instances it may even cost us our very lives. It takes SACRIFICE! The fact of the matter is that working towards life goals can be quite a painstaking process – but rest assured it is worth it – especially if we consider the alternative!
The beaming faces of Olympic medallists; the unadulterated joy on a new mother’s face or an author’s delight on pub day all attest to this fact.
Closer to home, we all have examples of success of varying degrees, among friends, family or even acquaintances, who chose to live their best lives, fulfilling their personal destinies.
So, as spring comes upon us let this be your time of phenomenal growth, renewal and rebirth. Quit counting the costs and Do You!
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck
Create A Great Day!