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The Art of Living
I don't know about you, but I know that I am the happiest when
I behave the way I believe. That is; I am my authentic self.
For each of us it means something different because we are all
created unique from one another. Isn't that just the greatest
to know that you are specially designed to be the best you?
Nobody else can replicate you!
Sometimes I find our American pop culture demands we
assimilate, so we can all look and act the same. Yet, in some
weird oxymoronic manner, the very same culture boasts about
the advantages of being an individual; in other words, "Be
your bad 'ole self". I think that is why so many of us walk
around feeling inferior, not good enough and lack self
confidence. These mixed up messages are really messing us up
because they totally contradict each other.
I don't have a TV, and I am consciously choosey about what I
listen to on the radio or internet, and what I read on the
internet. The operative word here is "consciously". I tell
myself, I don't need to know about the latest craze or compare
myself to a model who has an incredibly fast metabolism. Doing
so is a real downer, and that is not me. Theodore Roosevelt
said, "Comparison is the Thief of Joy". And boy was he ever
To be my authentic self means that I accept myself, the good
and the bad, with humility. I take the focus away from my
exterior features and 'looks', and delve myself into interests
which help define who I am. When I do what I love, I am happy.
When I focus on comparing myself to others, I rob myself of
happiness. Building self confidence brings about happiness in
my life, and being happy makes me feel confident AND it
reflects self confidence to the people around me; the
happiness and self confidence work in tandem. People respond
positively to confidence because they enjoy being around
upbeat and happy people.
So take your happy self and do something you absolutely love;
then enjoy the laughter and share your inner beauty with
The Art of Living is ...
Inspiration from nature's beauty, simple living, love, and peace.