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Know Thyself ~ The Oracle At Delphi March 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness.
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Suzi wrote a terrific post yesterday filled with questions to ponder: 

People Aren’t Always Who They Appear To Be

After considering her thought-provoking questions, I responded:

I do know who I am, but for years I did not.

No one else knows who I am . . . not because I’m wearing a mask, but because they are looking at me through the lens of their own experiences.

We have as many reputations as we have acquaintances, and none is accurate.

We could spend our entire lives trying to explain exactly who we are to someone else, and they still would be unable to see us as we are . . . because they are standing at a different vantage point.

Once I realized that no one else could really understand me, I stopped worrying about my reputation with others and focused on my reputation with “the man in the mirror.”

And that’s when I began to know who I am.

That’s the key I think.

When we stop worrying about who they are . . . or about who they think we are . . . we finally see who we are.

And when we know WHO we are . . . we know HOW to live.

Quotes to Ponder: 

Know thyself. ~ Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Greece

When we understand who we really are, we free ourselves from the illusions that hold us back.

Turn the spotlight inward. ~ Gandhi

Trust yourself and you will know how to live. ~ Goethe

People are unhappy because they aren’t being truthful with themselves.   Being truthful with yourself plugs you into your inner power. ~ Suze Orman

When you stop hiding who you are, you have more energy to become more fully who you want to be. 

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

To thine own self be true. ~ Shakespeare

Happiness flows from being true to yourself.

Always remember that you don’t have to be what they want you to be. ~ Mohammad Ali

Without freedom, one’s creativity cannot bloom.

Be who you are and say what you mean, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  ~ Dr. Seuss

When we are enjoying the journey, we stop worrying about finding our intended audience ~ we trust that our intended audience will find us.

Don’t worry about what the world wants from you.  Focus on what makes you feel more fully alive. What the world really needs are people who are fully alive. ~ Joseph Campbell

Nature does not ask, “what do they want me to be?”  Its glory lies in its authenticity.

To be nobody but yourself ~ 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

No Rules.  Just Write

What about you?  Do you worry about what “they” think of you?  Or do you focus on what you think of you? 

Do you spend time trying to understand what makes others “tick”?  Or do you listen to the beating of your own heart?

Look deep.  The answers lie within.

Related posts:   The Inner Path to Peace * It’s Time To Wake Up * Backwards LivingAccess Your Inner Wisdom * Who Are You? * The AwakeningOur Internal Compass * Silence The MindHow Do You Stay True to Yourself? (WP Prompt)