The Number 1 Ingredient of a Soul-Prospering Life

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The Number 1 ingredient for a soul-prospering life is self-respect. It’s based on integrity and character. All of these are the foundational bedrock of true self-love. Out of this grows unshakable inner peace. The following poem by Edgar A. Guest portrays this beautifully:

Myself

by Edgar A. Guest

I have to live with myself and so

I want to be fit for myself to know.

I want to be able as days go by,

always to look myself straight in the eye;

I don’t want to stand with the setting sun

and hate myself for the things I have done.

I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf

a lot of secrets about myself

and fool myself as I come and go

into thinking no one else will ever know

the kind of person I really am,

I don’t want to dress up myself in sham.

I want to go out with my head erect

I want to deserve all men’s respect;

but here in the struggle for fame and wealth

I want to be able to like myself.

I don’t want to look at myself and know 

I am bluster and bluff and empty show.

I never can hide myself from me;

I see what others may never see;

I know what others may never know,

I never can fool myself and so,

whatever happens I want to be

self respecting and conscience free.

 

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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