Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
And this above all, to thine own self be true.
And it must follow as night the day,
thou canst not be false to any man.
“To thine own self be true.” “Live the life you were meant to live.” “Be the person you were meant to be.” These statements convey a wonderful truth – that when we go inside and trust our intuition, life opens before us. When we ignore our inner leanings, however, trouble arises.
Joe had a love of the outdoors but, like his father, he became addicted to his work. Though he built up a successful law practice, Joe felt creatively stifled and inwardly desolate. One day Joe was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Realizing he had nothing to lose, he decided to pursue his passion and hike the Pacific Coast trail. Six months later, the tumor had disappeared.
Trying to live out somebody else’s life script is like putting a size 10 foot into a size 7 shoe. The size simply does not fit. No matter how hard you force yourself to adjust to your situation, the discomfort continues.
Why not start off with the right fit? Acknowledge your unique gifts and talents, as well as your wants and needs. Then seek out situations and circumstances that will allow them their full expression. This route may take time, but the results are worth it – a life of peace and fulfillment that comes from being true to yourself.
You are reading from the book:
Listening to Your Inner Voice by Douglas Bloch
Listening to Your Inner Voice. Copyright 1991, by Douglas Bloch. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of Hazelden.