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My Métier April 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Word Play.

My métier . . . is being ME. 

I am better at being ME than anyone else on the planet.  No one else is even close. 

I have cornered the market on being ME.

Others may be better writers, singers, painters, songwriters, guitarists, bloggers, cooks, gardeners,  conversationalists, thinkers, philosophers, housekeepers, runners, weight-lifters, mechanics, piano players, aunts, sisters, daughters, and wives. 

But no one is better at being ME than ME.

Better still . . . who I am is who I want to be. 

And that makes ME feel Tiggerific!

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

Related posts:  Weekend Theme ~ Métier * Finding it (View From The Side) * People Like Us (Kate Shrewsday) * Métier (PTC ~ Reflections) * All Kinds Of Pain (Tilly Bud) * Bats and Balls (The Only Cin) * Stream of Consciousness (Yellow House Cafe)


1. libraryscene - April 11, 2011

Ha! you and I are getting these puppies under the wire…or is it midnight already in your world.. anyhoo, so true, so true and we are all the better for you being you (thought, you are selling your talents short, me thinks!) Happy week to you…see ya in blogland..

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, LS! I loved the theme, but couldn’t decide how to approach it . . . until the bewitching hour of midnight appeared on the horizon. 😀

2. Julie - April 11, 2011

Can’t argue with that, nor would I want to! You are more you than anyone I know. 🙂

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thank you, Julie. And congrats again on popping another bottle of champagne to celebrate a writing milestone. Way cool!

3. Cindy - April 11, 2011

That’s just fine by me 🙂

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Superb! 😉

4. barb19 - April 11, 2011

ok by me!

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

I am delighted that you all are being so agreeable. 🙂

Hmm . . . I wonder if I should add that I am better at being ME than I am at being anyone else? In fact, I’m certain I would not be nearly as proficient at being anyone but ME.

5. Jackie Paulson 1966 - April 11, 2011

Quote: Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
I am a huge fan of Gandhi! I love that you do what you want when you want and love it all! ♥

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, Jackie. I am much happier when I let my inner light shine . . . even if others don’t always approve of my choices.

6. Tilly Bud - April 11, 2011

This post is proof that it’s all about attitude!

Love it.

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, Tilly! My attitude these days is head and shoulders above my attitude just a few years ago. 😀

7. carldagostino - April 11, 2011

I am best at being me as well I suppose. But we are not even the same person we were yesterday. Me is already, but not yet.

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

You’re right, Carl. “ME” (like the eternal NOW) is constantly shifting, growing, changing, and evolving.

No matter how hard we try to stagnate or hang on to “the way things were,” time, life, and the eternal NOW keep flowing, causing (at the very least) erosion. 😎

8. Pseu - April 11, 2011

You are a ‘me’ with many facets –
(I never wanted to act as I have trouble enough with just being me)

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

I used to act on a regular basis. Who I was depended on who I was with. That’s no longer the case.

I’ve taken Gandhi’s advice to heart. I am ME. Sometimes I rub people the wrong way because I refuse to wear “socially acceptable masks” all the time.

I say what I mean and I mean what I say. Some people find that refreshing. Most don’t. 😀

9. jeanne - April 11, 2011

It is a great day when you realize your are the “me” you were born to be!

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

I agree, Jeanne. Instead of using an external barometer to gauge how to act or to evaluate what to say, think, or do . . . I look within and decide.

It’s a much easier and more accurate way of navigating through life . . . even if I sometimes ruffle feathers or step on toes. 😛

10. Nancy Fairbrother - April 11, 2011

Yes, indeed! We are the best mes that we can be!

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Cheers! {{clink}}

11. oldancestor - April 11, 2011

Darn it. I legally changed my name to yours, just ‘cuz I’m so competitive, and found out you’re better than me at a lot of things on that list (especially the last four).

Wow, this blog really kills my self-esteem.


nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Bwahahaha! Last night we saw one question on a game show. Don’t know what the show was, but the question:

What percentage of men would agree to give birth to a baby . . . if they could? (Which they can’t! :razz:)

The answer?

The contestant put in a range of 1% – 31%. If the answer fell in that range, he would win $10,000.

If not, he would have to undergo 233 cosmetic surgeries to become Sarah Palin’s look alike. (Of course, he would still not be able to birth babies.)

So? Did he win the money . . . or the life changing experience?

He won the money . . . by a very small margin. Turns out that 30% of the men surveyed would give birth if they could.

But are they being the best “ME’s” they can be?

oldancestor - April 11, 2011

I gladly cede the joy of childbirth to women. I’m much better at holding hands and reminding people to breathe.

I hate to tell the guy, but no matter how much he looks like Sarah, he’s only got one X chromosome.

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

I gladly cede the joy of childbirth to OTHER women. 😀

Sex change operations don’t really work, do they? They change outward appearances, but internal plumbing and fixtures (like D.N.A.) refuse to budge.

12. Carol Ann Hoel - April 11, 2011

Great post on the art of embracing ME. Being comfortable in one’s own skin is a blessing. May all rich blessings be yours, Nancy.

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, Carol Ann. Being ME is a full time job (and often quite messy) . . . but someone’s got to do it! 😀

May all rich blessings be yours!

13. suzicate - April 11, 2011

Yes, you are a perfect you!

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, Suzi.

I’m the perfect person to be
A far-from-perfect ME 😀

14. Rosa - April 11, 2011

That is wonderfully uplifting Nancy! You are right! “no one is better at being ME than ME!!

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, Rosa. No one is better at being YOU than YOU. Have a wonder-filled day. 😀

15. Barbara Gunn - April 11, 2011

Couldn’t have said it better myself, but then that wouldn’t be you; it would be me!

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, Barb! You are the perfect YOU too! 😀

16. kateshrewsday - April 11, 2011

I couldn’t agree more, Nancy. Thank goodness that you are you, and that I can visit you every day 🙂

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, Kate. Right back at YOU.

I’ve got to give some thought to tomorrow’s post. I’ve been focused on tedious things like Attorney Compliance Forms and Proxy Statements and other things from my “Just One Thing” challenge.

I need a bumper sticker that reads: I’d Rather Be Writing.

17. Sandra Bell Kirchman - April 11, 2011

No doubt about it, you are the perfect person to be you. The joy of it seems to be that you love being you, and therein lies the rub.

So many people don’t seem to enjoy being them, me sometimes included. And that’s a shame, when intellectually I know that everyone is a beautiful soul. When I get to know it in my heart, then I’ve got it made.

Thanks, Nancy, for sharing and for being an inspiration.

P.S. I find it refreshing. 😛

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thank you, Sandra! I did not always enjoy being me. In fact, one day in my mid-30’s, a voice from my past bubbled up and came out unbidden: I hate you. I’ve always hated you. You’re not the way I wanted to be.

Shocked, I looked in the mirror and wondered where “that” had come from. Then I remembered actually feeling that way in my teens.

Since I couldn’t be anyone else but ME, I decided I might as well focus on being the best ME I could be. That’s what I’ve done ever since. It’s made a huge difference in my life.

I stopped comparing myself to people who were thinner, taller, smarter, funnier, more motivated, etc., etc., etc., and started comparing “the new ME” with “the old ME.”

The “new ME” is better. 😀

18. Tokeloshe - April 11, 2011

Well done!

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Thanks, Toke. We each have something unique and different to offer to the world . . . as long as we don’t hide our light under a basket.

19. Penny - April 11, 2011

You got that right-I like being me-no one else can take your place. Others can add to your joy-making life fuller with fun and adventure.

I Like me-even with all my quirks and kinks, because without them-it would not be me !

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

Exactly right, Penny. Our quirks and kinks give us depth, definition, and direction.

Here’s to a life of being exactly who we were meant to be.

20. Patricia - April 11, 2011

It is hard for me to understand why people don’t want to be who they are. I like me—and if you don’t like me—well, that’s your problem.

nrhatch - April 11, 2011

I think that it’s the direction we look at, Patricia. If we are always looking at our peers, as I did in my teens, we notice ways we fall short. When we stop comparing ourselves to others, we grow into who we really are.

“Nature does not ask, what do you want me to be. It’s beauty lies in its authenticity.”

21. adeeyoyo - April 11, 2011

Brilliant post, Nancy! I couldn’t come up with a métier for myself because there are so MANY things I love doing and lose myself in doing them. I love Carl’s comment – it is so true!

nrhatch - April 12, 2011

Thanks, Denise. Our métier may change and grow as we do ~ depending on our current focus. Mozart’s métier remained the same from an early age. With most people, it’s more static and less constant.

22. jannatwrites - April 11, 2011

This was a fun post! I don’t excel at very many things, but it is nice to know that being me is something I will succeed at 🙂

In one of your responses, you made a comment about being happier once you stopped comparing yourself to others – that’s a key point. HUGE. Comparison to others does sap the joy out of life.

nrhatch - April 12, 2011

You are a terrific YOU.

I used to compare myself to others ALL the time in HS and College ~ focusing my attention on ways that I fell short of the bar. It’s very frustrating. Sometimes it makes us try harder. Other times it’s self-defeating and makes us want to say “why bother?” and give up.

When we gauge our success by our growth in areas of importance to us . . . we focus more on the journey and less on winning the rat race.

23. viewfromtheside - April 12, 2011

it is tigerific to just be me or you, as the case may be.

nrhatch - April 12, 2011

The more comfortable I am in my own skin, the smoother the sailing. 😎

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25. eof737 - April 12, 2011

As Russ will say, Do you; for what its worth. 🙂

nrhatch - April 12, 2011

Love that . . . do you!

26. eof737 - April 12, 2011

By the way, I’ve been meaning to ask, how come you don’t use the like button? I’d like to see your smiling face on those little lined up gravatars… 🙂

nrhatch - April 12, 2011

When I started blogging, there was no like button. I’ve just never gotten into the habit of using it. If I like a post, I leave a comment. If I don’t like a post, I slink away into the shadows quietly. 😀

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