As I’ve mentioned here before, DailyOM is one of my favorite websites. It is chock-full of inspiration and words of wisdom and wonderful people too. Each day I get a DailyOM newsletter in my email Inbox. Most days, the newsletter is wonderfully inspirational and amazingly appropriate for the particular day; some days it isn’t really. Today was one that didn’t really speak to me so much so I went browsing through the DailyOM archives to find an inspiration that really did speak to me today, that did go along with feelings I’ve been having lately.
And, not surprisingly, DailyOM had just what I was looking for:
July 26, 2005
Being Who You Are
Living Your Truth
When we are young children, we live authentically, seldom afraid or embarrassed to seek out what we want or to speak our minds. As we grow older, we tend to tuck that authenticity away, putting it aside while we chase our dreams, afraid that it might hinder us in our success. But we never let that freedom go completely. We may conform to society while embracing secret passions when alone. We may withhold certain opinions, though it doesn’t change the fact that we possess them. It is important, however, to never stray too far from that youthful brashness and self-interest for they are qualities that help make you who you are. The authentic you is your true self and, in living authentically, you live your truth, making time for the things you love and projecting who you really are. The simplest way to live your truth is to leave the expectations of other behind and live the way you feel most worthwhile.
It takes being selfish in a healthy way by doing what you know is best for you, regardless of the opinions of others – even the opinions of close friends and family. Living authentically means that you make choices without fear, trusting in your soul’s wisdom… If you value personal pursuits, don’t feel forced into a certain job just to make enough money to keep up with your neighbors. Conversely, if you prize success in business, don’t let others’ perception of what’s right for you hold you back. Denying your unique truth can lead to feelings of failure and dissatisfaction because you aren’t acknowledging your true self. In living your truth, there are no pretenses. Everything you do will reflect who you truly are.
If you are unsure of who the authentic you really is, look inward and ask yourself what your purpose, values, and needs are. Honor your strengths and don’t let yourself be guided by what other expect of you. Finally, discover your passions by trying new things, and sticking with those things that stir your soul. Finding who you really are and then making the choice to embrace you true dreams and desires will take your life in a direction that is both satisfying and deeply meaningful.
I believe in synochricity and signs and to find this particular article on this particular day with two quick clicks and for the very article I needed most to have been on MY BIRTHDAY in 2005 is, to me, no coincidence at all.
You see, lately I’ve been on a real quest to get to know the real me. This really came about after creating my Vision Board and after a poignant chat I had with my dear and trusted friend Kristen. I realized after talking to her about certain things that I want to know who I am without a doubt. I want to know what I like, what my dreams are, what my goals are, where I want to go, what I want to do, how I want to be and I want to be that person – or at least always be moving toward being that person – with no regrets, no excuses, and no apologies. I want to be that openly and freely and I want to learn to overcome the inherent pull I always feel to cover that up. I want to be her – OUT LOUD! I want to be who I am.
So, I’ve gone through my library of books and have selected several titles that will hopefully help me along this journey, a journey that I realize is not short or simple. The first book I’ve selected and started to read is called Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self and is by one of my favorite authors, the delicious Sarah Ban Breathnach. I also plan to re-read The Artist’s Way, relish some Sark and beyond that, I’m really hoping for some suggestions from YOU ALL! Please pelt me with suggestions for books that have helped you to find out who you are, books that have shown you how to live authentically and out loud. I would greatly appreciate it!
I also plan to make my Bliss Book, my gratitude journal and my Brain Drain journals more a part of my daily life. I’ve known them to help in the past and I have no doubt that they will help again. They are, after all, wonderful tools along most any path, including self-discovery or, in my case, self-re-discovery. And, as per a helpful conversation with my wonderful new friend Stacie, I plan to start a meditation practice, even though I know me and my “Monkey Mind” and I realize that it will take some time and much patience to become comfortable with that. But, I’ve read about meditation and I firmly believe that it would be very helpful in my life. It goes hand-in-hand with yoga and we all know what yoga does for me. I have little doubt that meditation will do much of the same. Bring it on!
My being pulled to this article today was just an affirmation of what I had been thinking most ardently about for the past several days. It was the nod from the Universe that I needed, that I was so happy to have today. So, here I go on this path. If you have suggestions, tips, ideas, stories from your own journeys, etc. please post them here or email me. I’m always – ALWAYS! – open to and welcoming of your thoughts.
Be well, today and always…
::: I spent a bit of time this weekend updating my Favorites List on Etsy (link also added to sidebar). I found some of the neatest things there! I think you will be interested to see some of the delightful items I discovered! :::