Monday, March 3, 2014

Hear Who You Are

How many times do you need to hear who you are 
before you begin to cash some of that in and stop 
acting like a beggar...for any kind of attention 
from people who do not really love you? 

        "I celebrate myself, and sing myself", everyone knows that famous opening line from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself". It's what we should be doing on a daily basis. We should speak only about our highest selves, the vision of ourselves that we love, that we cherish, that we want others to hold in high esteem. For whatever reason, many people have trouble with that - the idea that you can really love yourself and surround yourself with only the people who love you in return. You've figured out who you are long ago (or I suppose you're a work in progress), so stop, as Hafiz says, acting like a beggar from people who do not recognize your essence.
        There is a Japanese word, Kintsukuroi, that describes the art of repairing pottery with gold lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. It is said that the ancient peoples began deliberately breaking their pottery. In life, we have our challenges, our battle wounds, our personal cracks, but the right person (or group of people) will realize this past we experienced and this path we travelled contributes to our beauty.
       “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” - Lao Tzu

Strangers Like Me, Phil Collins 
(International Version) 

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