This is the title of a self-help book that was popular in the 1970s. It’s about helping people feel good about who they are, even though they are not exactly like anyone else. Even today, we’re told that we’re perfect just the way we are. In fact, Mr. Rogers is famous for saying “I like you just the way you are.”
Some people meet these statements with cynicism and distain. But these statements are true:
You are okay being who you are;
You are perfect at being you;
You are worthy to be liked as yourself.
Does this mean that everyone is going to like us, respect us, treat us gloriously, and celebrate us?
Of course not.
But that should not deter us, block us, or stop us from being who we truly are. The more that we are who we are, the more we’re going to create circumstances where we WILL meet people who like us, respect us, treat us gloriously, and celebrate us.
There is a catch with these statements, though, and it creates confusion. I think it comes in when we think that these statements mean we can sit back and stop developing ourselves, that we no longer need to refining our personalities, and that we can quit learning about ourselves and understanding ourselves at deeper levels.
No matter what, it’s vitally important that we still improve, elevate, and transcend who we are now to a better, clearer version of ourselves.
We do this by taking seriously that thing (or those things) that your heart and soul are urging you toward and regularly moving toward it/them.
You can do it!
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Your Friend and Pep Pal,