Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Today's thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?
-- Frank J. Giblin, II
Almost every magazine devotes its cover to movie stars and famous personalities. We are taught that we need to look like the most attractive and glamorous people. We need to wear what they wear, eat what they eat, and fix our hair like theirs. The message we are given is: Don't be yourself, be like someone else.
There will always be someone who looks better than we do, has more money, scores better on tests, or has more creative skills. If we're always trying to mimic other people, we won't be looking at ourselves. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it keeps us from being ourselves.
We need to stop focusing on what others have that we don't have. We need to look inward at our good qualities as well as our imperfections. We need to see who we are by being ourselves. Life is not made up of people who are good and bad, happy and sad, rich and poor, beautiful and ugly. Life is made up of people being themselves.
I will start to be myself. Help me show others the real me, not an imitation.
You are reading from the book:
Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 1986, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation