To thine own self

Posted by on Jan 2, 2009 in Inspiration | 2 comments

I’ve thought long and hard about the most appropriate way to honor the transition between 2008 and 2009. And I can think of none better than to be true.

Be true.

These words hold much meaning. They can change depending on the situation or individual. To me, they hold the essence of what makes us human, and what drives us to success or failure.

One of my favorite Poets, Rainier Maria Rilke, wrote:

Be patient towards all that is unresolved in you and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Live the questions now.

I believe that Rilke was giving us permission to be true to ourselves so that we can discover the answers that we seek.

To be true, yet kind and mindful of others – therein lies the challenge.

As women in midlife, we are faced with many challenges, obstacles to fully realizing who we are without disregarding those who mean most to us.

This year, I pledge to be true to myself and yet balance the centeredness of my “self” with the needs and desires of those around me.

Tell me, are you being/have you been true to yourself? And how important do you think that these two words are:

Be. True.



  1. 1-3-2009

    perfect! you are so right. the generation that we grew up in nurtured the idea of being true to ourselves (the ‘me’ generation? – always hated that one). but somehow as we reach this age where we still feel like we are in college but many of us have kids there, we have a hard time holding on to that old mojo. ; )

    being true to ourselvs does not make us selfish, it makes you better and more apt to give to those we love.

    a little ziggy marley for ya this fine morning, babe:

  2. 1-3-2009

    Thanks Amy. You totally captured the essence of what I was trying to convey – we must love ourselves in order to love others, take care of ourselves in order to care for others, be true to ourselves, our needs, and our desires.

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