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At What Price, Conformity? April 2, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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At times, we are tempted to conform to the expectations of others ~ to use an external reference point to guide our actions rather than being guided by our own inner compass, vision, and values.

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But is it worth shaving off the non-conforming parts of ourselves in order to fit our square pegs into round holes?

Which is more important:  gaining approval from others or being true to our selves?

At what price, conformity?

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Wikipedia ~ Pinocchio (in Public Domain)

If I pretend to be someone I’m not and people like me . . . I’ve gained nothing, because they’ve fallen in love with a “mask.”

And if they don’t like the “pretend me,” I’m left wondering if the real me would have fared better.

I’d rather be disliked for who I am than loved for who I am not.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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

Aerial America April 2, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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Several weeks ago, Brighthouse added the Smithsonian Channel to our basic cable.  Our favorite new show ~ Aerial America.

We’ve seen aerial clips from several states:  Arizona, Kentucky, the Dakotas, Utah, Wyoming, Hawaii, West Virginia, South Carolina, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Washington, Idaho, New York, New Mexico, and Maine.

We’ve enjoyed each show, but liked Maine best because it seemed so familiar.

Maine included fly-over footage of the Marginal Way, Baxter State Park, Kennebunkport (including the Wedding Cake House and Walker’s Point), Penobscot Bay, Rockport, Camden, Acadia National Park, Portland,  etc.

The Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport

We took turns exclaiming, “We’ve been there!”

If ever you’re staying in Kennebunkport, consider the historic Colony Hotel. It’s eco-friendly, pet friendly, and charming!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you caught any episodes of Aerial America?

Related post:  Sailing The Maine Coast