#258: Do You Know Yourself?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Of all knowledge the wise and good seek most to know themselves." Shakespeare

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Most of us are not able to fairly critique ourselves. That's why the suggestion in yesterday's blog to write a letter listing all of our positive attributes but also to have a close friend do the same. Comparing the lists will be eye-opening. No negatives allowed, only positives.

It might be a fair assumption that few of us are living up to our possibilities because we don't know ourselves. We harbor regrets and ill feelings and envy and jealousy. We feel our lives are chaotic and out of control, not allowing us time to do the things we think are important.

I believe we all can benefit from flooding our souls with the positive essence of the universe -- happiness, joy, a peaceful attitude, acceptance of others, belief in our ability to do all worthy things, compassion, empathy, sympathy, all in all a love of life and all things decent.

Until we examine our beliefs, our skills and our abilities and build on the many positive attributes we all possess, we likely will continue to be people out of control, in conflict with the goodness of the world.

Get the letters written. Believe you are a unique individual and make your detailed list. Do not fail to include an attribute because you think it is too minor. This is an attempt to show you how important and valuable a person you are.

Can you read? That's a positive attribute. Are you courteous? Kind to people and animals? Cheerful? Reverent? How's your cooking? Even if you can only cook a great tasting grilled cheese sandwich, list it. How are your carpentry or sewing skills? Can you plan and organize events? What do people compliment you about? What have you received awards or other recognition for?

As you begin to see yourself for the valuable person you are, you will develop inner strength and a feeling that nothing is impossible.

As Carl Sagan once reminded us: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
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