Posts Tagged With: be yourself
Have you ever heard, “Don’t just be yourself, be your best self.” I have, and while I haven’t always appreciated the phrase… I do now. I want to be my best and I think most healthy people do. But being “Our Best selves” isn’t going to happen by accident… it’s going to take some intention and some resolve.
First start with why do we want to be our best. And what it means to you to be your best.
For me being my best – isn’t about people saying “Oh, he’s the best.” – It is about being able to be, serve and give my best to my family, my friends, my faith, and others. (Others are the friends I haven’t met yet…sometimes known as strangers).
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: “To rise above the little things.” — John Burroughs
Thank you John Burroughs. I resolve to re-resolve to rise above the little things. When I am caught up in and distracted by “little things” I am most often not remembering the bigger picture. And what is the bigger picture? The bigger picture for me is to be available, to be prepared, and to be responsive to the needs of the people around me. To be my best!
Be prepared to be “the one” person for another person. Make this day – one of your BEST DAYS
And to help you on your way… this classic Geico Hump Day Commercial
WHY Are you DETERMINED to be yourself?
You are not your age
Nor the size of the clothes you wear
You are not a weight,
Or the color of your hair.
You are not your name,
Or the dimples in your cheeks
You are all the books you read,
And all the words you speak,
You are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide,
You are the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you’ve cried.
You’re the songs you sing so loudly when you know you’re all alone,
You’re the places you’ve been to,
And the one that you call home.
You’re the things that you believe in,
And the people that you love,
You’re the photos in your bedroom,
And the future you dream of,
You’re made of so much beauty,
But it seems you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you’re not.
“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
“To be nobody but myself, in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings
The picture above is Jason Hewlett a long time friend. Jason is a professional entertainer, impersonator. You can see many of his incredible and funny clips at his website http://jasonhewlett.com/ and on YouTube. I and my family have been to as many of his shows as we could get too. This morning I was reading an update by Jason on my Facebook wall…and it just inspired me. Jason talks candidly about his never-ending battle with his weight. I suggest this piece is not about weight…it’s about authenticity, courage, commitment…and the human spirit.
Jason is the consummate different drum dancer. And with regard to EE Cummings quote about fighting hard to be yourself…. Jason’s very interesting way of being himself is by being others. He’s a fascinating person, a devoted husband and father…and one of the most disciplined people I have ever encountered. The above link will take you to one of the most wonderfully candid and authentic pieces about a persons battle with the difficulties of personal weight gain. I think you will how he ends it…. I did. (Thank you Jason for sharing)