Katahdin Stream at Blueberry Ledges
A busy day ahead for me, without even leaving home. I will go to visit my wife of course, early for that because of some tests for her later in the morning.
How often have we wished we were someone else, anyone else, rather than who we are? If we’re intense, have we longed to be calmer? If we’re introverted, have we dreamed of being extroverted? And, of course, being an addict, have we wished we were “normal”?
The truth is that there is no such thing as “normal.” Each of us is special; we have the potential within to realize our unique destiny. The infinite growth of which we’re capable comes from qualities we now possess. We can change ourselves, but we can never put within us what simply isn’t there. To try to do so is perfectionistic and will focus our energy outside ourselves, which can trigger our addiction.
Instead, we can learn to be directed by what is inside of us. We can appreciate and love ourselves as we are and choose people in our life who do the same.
The more I appreciate the mystery of who I am, the less I’ll wish I were someone else.
From the Book: Answers in the Heart
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner