No matter how loud the opposition is, and no matter how deep the temptation to hide may be, stay true to your vision for yourself. Stay true to your innermost dreams and rise above the pressure to be something or someone else.
“Wearing a mask wears you out. Faking it is fatiguing. The most exhausting activity is pretending to be what you know you aren’t.” – Rick Warren
You weren’t born to be anyone or anything other than who you are, and the longer you learn, the more you grow into the light of who you have always been.
Grow into Yourself
I trust and honor the journey of myself, through myself, to myself.
Authenticity is magnetic. There’s a certain glow that someone emits when they feel good about who they are, flaws and all. They’re confident yet humble and don’t shy away from new beginnings and opportunities to learn more about what matters to them.
As The Motivation Manifesto recites: “Indeed, the telltale signs that someone is free and healthy are genuineness and growth.”
To stay true to yourself does not imply that you will never change. You will change your mind, and it’s likely you’ll shift into new perspectives. You’ll probably drop old beliefs and pick up new ones as you go along. Honoring yourself implies that through your evolution as a human, you’ll grow into who you really are
Be open to discovering your highest self, and let go of what doesn’t speak to the truth you feel inside your heart, the truth pulsing through your veins, and resonating in your bones.
I’ve learned that making progress is about realizing who you’ve always been, and then letting that inner truth light up everything you think, say, and do. It’s about pursuing a life that feels good to you, even if other people don’t quite understand.
If others don’t understand the path you know you need to walk, it’s no cause for disrespect or defense, only acceptance that we’re each traveling our own unique paths toward the same destination.
Celebrate Your Uniqueness and Oneness
I know who I am and I embrace my vision for myself, while honoring others regardless of whether or not they can see my vision.
Pursue a life that feels good to you, for it’s your task, and yours alone, to live out your purpose and choose how you’ll spend your days on earth. We can stay true to what’s best for our highest good, while at the same time wishing the best for the highest good of all.
Individuality and unity are not rivals, but intimately connected in this spiritual journey we’re on as human beings.
These words from Jaggi Vasudev speaks to this truth: “The essence of spirituality is, to be constantly aware of the oneness of all; at the same time to celebrate the uniqueness of the individual.”
Celebrate your uniqueness without reservation. Be unapologetic about who you are and what you love, and keep serving love to those who don’t approve of how your inner light is shining.
It’s possible to disagree without disrespect, and to follow your own path without stepping on the dreams of others.
Others may not understand your path, but that’s absolutely okay, because it’s not their path to walk. Believe in yourself and you’ll discover a joy that needs no defense.
Stay True to Your Journey
Being myself, and being grateful for who I am, is the only way to live a happy life.
Life is many things: An adventure in forgiveness, a spiritual journey in a human body, a series of lessons in remembering to love. Be grateful for your existence here on earth, because it’s a privilege to experience the universe as we do for a lifetime.
You’re on your unique path in life right now, and you were born to be real, not perfect.
Knowing this all, feel a genuinely happy response rise within you, for you’re meant to be here as you are. Celebrate the many seasons of your life, and let love lead you deeper into the heartbeat of a life that feels like your own.
Welcome the unexpected opportunities to unlearn the fear that you’ve tethered to your soul up until this moment. Whether it’s failure, loss, heartache, or frustration, life sends us many teachers to remind of us who we really are and what really matters.
You were born worthy of all the happiness, peace, and love that’s available (which is more than we can imagine with a logical mind); the fact that you were born at all is all the evidence you need.
You don’t need to be validated by anyone else; you need your own compassion.
- Have you let go of anything that no longer reflects who you are, and how has that improved your life?
- Can you stay true to your own inner light while honoring the light of others?
- What reminders can you give yourself the next time you’re feeling hurt so that you stay true to yourself and keep progressing in life?
- What actions can you take today that support your genuine desires and values?
Please share your thoughts, lessons, and any relevant experiences with me in the comments.
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The more free, spontaneous, and authentic you become, the more you can connect with something larger than yourself, and then you’ll be able to contribute to the world in a greater way.
Watercolor texture by cgarofani; lettering by Aim Happy.