Honor Your True Self

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Honor means love. Honor means respect. Honor means integrity. If you love yourself, honor yourself. If you love what you are doing, honor it. If you love your body, honor your body.

Honor is how you treat yourself. It is how you take care of yourself every day.

Honor your journey. Honor where you are, not where you are going.

It is difficult to do, especially when things are not where they are supposed to be. It is not easy to do when you are not getting the right results.

It does not matter. It is when things are not going well for you that you are supposed to be there for yourself. Do not wait for things to be perfect before you honor yourself.

Honor yourself today, now, not tomorrow, not next week, not next month, not next year. Start today. And do not wait for other people to honor you before you appreciate yourself.

If you don’t have the courage to honor yourself, to love yourself, to appreciate yourself, to be grateful for your life, to face your life, to live for yourself, to be kind to yourself, to embrace integrity, to face your future, to have the courage to reject the past, no one is going to do it for you.

Why is that? Because it is your life. It is your responsibility to do what makes you smile, what makes you happy, what makes you come alive.

If you start honoring yourself, do not go back to where you were yesterday. In her book The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self, Martha Beck writes, “If you start honoring your true nature and find yourself missiing your old culture, don’t panic. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself time and space to grieve. Confide in loved ones. If they don’t understand, find a coach or therapist. But don’t think that missing your old life means you should go back to it. Everyone who decides to embrace integrity must mourn the known misery, the familiar patterns and dysfunctional relationships they’ve left behind.”

If you want to change your life, doing the old things won’t get you anywhere. If you want to change your situation, doing the old things is not the right path to take.

If something is not working, change it. If you don’t like where you are, make it better. Or if you can’t make it better, then move on. Stop hurting yourself.

Be kind to yourself. Honoring yourself is being honest with yourself. So if you are not doing what you think you are supposed to be doing, tell yourself the truth. Do not forget that there is always a better way to do something. Yes, there is. Look for it. And you will find it.

“To Be Anything Else Is To Be A Coward”

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The only person you can be in this world is you. No matter what, be yourself. Be real. No matter where you are, be yourself.

And the only way you can make peace with yourself is to be yourself. Ask yourself, “If I am not myself, who am I?”

You will do better things in your life if you are yourself, if you believe in yourself, if you love yourself, if you have faith in your future, if you are not afraid of the unknown.

Why? Because the future is unknown.

To be anything else is to be a fool, a coward. To be who you are not is to be a liar, a storyteller.

It does not matter what you are doing right now. If you want to do it really well, you must be yourself.

According to Ryan Holiday, “Be a cop. Be a soldier. Be a philosopher. Be another musician in a long tradition of rock music. Hold somebody’s hand. Just make sure that underneath, you are being yourself. That you are not letting fear shut you up or put your down. That you are not doing what everyone else is doing simply because they are doing it. Be original. Be yourself. To be anything else is to be a coward.”

You cannot connect with your true self if you are not honest with yourself. Because being your true self is being honest with yourself. Whatever you do, small or big, make sure that you are not faking it. Just make sure that you are doing it for you, not because others want you to do it.

Be you. Do not fake your life. Just be you.