I keep coming back to a Huffington Post article I read recently, that contained 60 pieces of advice that women in their 60's would give to women in their 30's. I noticed it was actually a road map to grace and self-love. It just wasn't organized that way. So here's what I got from this list:
The overarching theme is to be yourself. To truly honor what IS you, and separate it from what isn't you (EX: your appearance, the date on your birth certificate). These kernels of wisdom speak directly to being who you are in this moment and not worrying about what others think:
When I realized that "be yourself" was really the message, I wondered how we were supposed to do that. I mean, it sounds great, but we've spent much of our lives being conditioned to take care of others, so how EXACTLY am I supposed to live my life in the present moment AS ME? Turns out, the answers were right there mixed in with "be yourself". It was a big list, but comes down to this:
And then I'll be totally honest with you... I've avoided this post for a good month or more because I hate lists of "easy ways to be happy" that sound all jolly... like "release your anger", "notice the magic"... because it just ISN'T that easy. If it were we'd all be dancing around throwing confetti.
But, these things, while they seem overly simplified (They are! They leave out so much!) are actually still true. They are the one sentence bottom line to:
What I'm saying is... that the list sounds simple, and I know it's not. What I'm asking you to do is to DIVE IN! When you feel that resistance to the simplified statement... ask yourself what is there for you do, what action needs to be taken, what needs to be acknowledged, in order for you to let that statement be simple? Since anger is one of mine, I'll be posting more on that soon.
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