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Living From The Core July 7, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

220px-TennieldumdeeLiving from the core, we let go of Ego’s incessant demands and desires for more, more, more.

We no longer look to Tweedle Dum or Tweedle Dee to bolster our false self with applause, accolades, approval, and acknowledgment.

After all . . . what do THEY know about who we are meant to be?


As we reclaim our integrity, our wholeness, we notice increased harmony in what we think, what we say, and what we do:

* If animal rights matter to us, we adopt a vegetarian lifestyle to honor that value.

Even if Tweedle Dum thinks we’re being foolish.

* If sustainable living matters, we downsize and simplify to live in accordance with that value.

Even if Tweedle Dee looks down on us for downsizing.

Each step toward authenticity causes us to smile.  More and more often, we find ourselves thinking, “who I am is who I want to be.”

Unconcerned that Tweedle Dum and Dee disagree.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Your Life Is Your Message (Val)


1. Don - July 7, 2015

I like this Nancy. So simple, so freeing and so authentic. Even as I read it, it made me feel good.

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Yay! When I read posts that resonate, I get that “feel good” feeling too.

anotherday2paradise - July 9, 2015

Me too. 🙂

2. Val Boyko - July 7, 2015

Who am I is who I want to be 😎
We talk about being in integrity, authentic and living our life as our message … Another way to look at it, as I share with yoga peeps, is to be in alignment with our core. In yoga and in life! I’m on an analogy theme these days…
Thank you for the share!

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

I first saw the “who I am is who I want to be” saying in a Cathy cartoon ages and ages ago ~> at the time, I had a tough time saying it with a straight face.

Karen J - July 13, 2015

Thank you for being able to say it now, Nancy!

nrhatch - July 13, 2015


3. Hariod Brawn - July 7, 2015

Yes Nancy, if we can accept ourselves, we also can accept any lack of approval or acceptance of us, by others.

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Using an internal compass eliminates the need to constantly look over our shoulder to see what “they” think.

4. Pix Under the Oaks - July 7, 2015

I hear you, Nancy. Letting go and just being me. I have choices.
As Don says, so freeing.

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Sometimes it’s easy to shrug off third party disapproval of our actions and omissions. Other times, we must be conscious of our “people pleasing” tendencies.

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

5. suzicate - July 7, 2015

Each step toward authenticity causes us to smile. More and more often, we find ourselves thinking, “who I am is who I want to be.” -love this, so true!

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

I met a couple from Germany at our 4th of July party and we got on the topic of travel ~> some people tour city after city, cathedral after cathedral, museum after museum. I like to head out to see the country side ~ waterfalls and mountain streams are more “me.”

So I LOVED how YOU spent your 4th.

suzicate - July 7, 2015

I’d much rather bask in the beauty of nature!

6. Ally Bean - July 7, 2015

I feel the same way right now. Doing my own thing, enjoying the sense of freedom that it brings to me. I’ve always been a free spirit, so maybe this comes naturally to me. Well said.

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Being a Free Spirit allows us to avoid the stranglehold of “we think” and other societal straight-jackets!

7. NancyTex - July 7, 2015

A life where you get to live your truth is a pretty darned good life, in my opinion.

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

As children, we succumb to parental and peer pressure so often that it becomes an ingrained habit to use “them” as a barometer.

If we’re lucky, we wake up to the realization that we don’t have to be who they want us to be.

8. L. Marie - July 7, 2015

Good advice. Besides, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee were always creepy to me. I wouldn’t take their advice.

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are NOT the right role models for me either! :mrgreen:

9. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - July 7, 2015

I’ve worked very hard to live the life I want, and not the life others want me to or the life that I think I am supposed to live for others approval – and it’s amazing. And I want to keep living that life and stepping in the right direction, for me, the right direction for me. 🙂 Love this!

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

When I decided to stop practicing law, more than a few people wanted to second guess that decision ~ they wanted a vote b/c they thought they knew better than me how I should live my life.

I decided they didn’t know ME at all. They just “knew” what they would do if they were in my shoes.

Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - July 7, 2015

It’s not easy to support someone when you don’t always agree or “get” why they are making that decision, but I am so very fortunate that I have been able to state that my parents have always supported ME, even when they disagreed with my life decisions – and that was a great example to grow up with, and it is an area that I’m quick to catch if I find myself “knowing” what I’d do in someone else’s shoes. 🙂 Thanks Nancy, just such a great blog today!

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Thanks, Kate!

That kind of unconditional support is GREAT . . . teaching us to stand firmly in our own shoes.

10. mrsugarbears - July 7, 2015

Your timing on this post could not have been better for me. Lovely. Thank you for sharing it with us.

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Glad it popped up at just the right time for you! I find that when I “follow my own road” . . . signposts appear just when I need them.

11. elizabeth2560 - July 7, 2015

“who I am is who I want to be.”
Great stuff!

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Thanks, Elizabeth. Glad it resonated.

12. Patricia - July 7, 2015

I am happy with who I am, but I don’t think I am yet who I want to be. Your post has got me pondering.

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

Yes. Who I am is who I want to be . . . for NOW.

13. brickhousechick - July 7, 2015

Living from the core equals freedom. Freedom we all seek but cannot reach because the opinions of Tweedle Dee and Dum paralyze us. We succumb to the pressures to be like everyone else. We could all use a dose of this core strength! 🙂

nrhatch - July 7, 2015

We are conditioned when we’re young to “fit in” and to care about what “they” think. At some point, switching to an internal barometer provides a more accurate measure of how to live.

brickhousechick - July 7, 2015

You are a very wise woman! 🙂

nrhatch - July 8, 2015

Haha! Not so wise ~> I still need to be practicing what I be preaching. 😎

14. Grannymar - July 8, 2015

I am me warts and all and happy in my skin! I love the phrase: What other people think of me is none of my business.

nrhatch - July 8, 2015

Yes! And that leads to the conclusion that we don’t need to share our opinions of “them” with “them.” Mum’s the word!

Grannymar - July 8, 2015


15. Carol Ferenc - July 8, 2015

Oh, there is so much intriguing stuff here. I’ll be perusing your great blog for quite a while! And thanks so much for the link back to my blog.

nrhatch - July 8, 2015

Have fun looking around, Carol!

16. Debra - July 10, 2015

It’s true that when our values and beliefs are congruent with our actions we are a LOT happier! And it’s exhausting trying to explain our choices to others, so I don’t try anymore! I had this conversation today with a good friend and our conclusion was that when people are just “curious” about our choices I don’t care to divulge. If someone is genuinely interested it can lead to a good discussion.But sometimes it’s just good to live our lives free of any conversation about our particular choices.

nrhatch - July 10, 2015

Yes! I’ve gotten more reticent about sharing my life story and choices with others unless I sense genuine interest (not just idle chit chat to kill time around the water cooler) or that sharing a tidbit or two might assist them with their own timeline.

17. beeblu - July 11, 2015

“Each step toward authenticity causes us to smile” – and be free. How much more we would achieve for ourselves if we could learn this earlier in life.

nrhatch - July 11, 2015

Yes! It’s great when we can thumb our noses at Tweedle Dum and Dee . . . as we proceed on our merry way.

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