Be True to Yourself

06/30/2012

You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?
~ Jim Rohn

It is very easy to conform to what your society or your parents and teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing; but that is not living…To live is to find out for yourself what is true…
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.
~ Geoffrey F. Abert

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed. ~ Sydney Smith

There’s always someone to tell you you have to. Wrong. Don’t. Rather, spend time finding out who you really are. Work on being more of that. A lot better than the futile “gotta change” treadmill, which never really ends.
~ Shirley Jones

Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely. ~ Adam Michnik

Self-confidence is so relaxing. There is no strain or stress when one is self-confident. Our lack of self-confidence comes from trying to be someone we aren’t. ~ Anne Wilson Schaef

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. ~ H. Jackson Brown

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
~ Margaret Young

Just as you would not neglect seeds that you planted with the hope that they will bear vegetables and fruits and flowers, so you must attend to and nourish the garden of your becoming.
~ Jean Houston

It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
~ George Dennison Prentice

To be one’s self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity. ~ Irving Wallace

34 responses to Be True to Yourself

  1. 

    Wonderful! A boost to start a Saturday off right. Thank you. 🙂

  2. 

    So good Gina! Words I need to hear! Sometimes it feels like being ourselves is not enough but is sure doesn’t work to try to be someone else. Guess the only one whose approval we really need is God! Thanks again for sharing this.

  3. 

    All wonderful quotes. Thanks for sharing, Gina. Hugs, Cathy

  4. 

    What I want is to be accepted by other people without bevelling down my individuality to please them- because if I do that, all the friendship, all the hospitality that I receive is really for somebody else of the same name. I want Love on my own terms.

    -Quentin Crisp

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    emocrippled 06/30/2012 at 9:49 am

    Reblogged this on emocrippled.

  6. 

    I try too often to be normal, but it does get boring. I think I’ll stick with being me. Besides just because a majority of the people have the same ideas and behave similar doesn’t make them the normal ones.

  7. 

    Great set of quotes. Just what I needed to read today! 🙂

  8. 

    Gina, you really picked some lovely quotes here. Timely, for me, like many are saying here in the comments. “…nourish the garden of your becoming”… my yoga teacher talks about how 1/3 of our everyday life is to be about nurturing our spiritual path/selves thru meditation etc., and the other 2/3rds is about “being in the world” — as “householders” that is. If we happen to have lives that support that 1/3, great. But to always keep that 1/3 of time for self — EVERY day. There’s something really eye-opening about that for me. That 1/3 — that time spent tending to self and connecting to self — ENABLES us to be about caring for others, to be out in the world, to be of service to the world. It is what sustains us. I have found this to be true. The times when I haven’t tended to my own becoming (and listening to my own heart instead of trying to please others…like one of the quotes above…which you just can not do), i felt it. Over time. And the times when I am regularly tending to me – going into silence and movement — I have abundance to share. THANK YOU for these lovely quotes and reminders.Ahhh, my baby is now up from nap!
    Love, Lisa

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      Hello dear Lisa! I too had to care for my ‘baby’ (albeit 4-legged) and now that my dog is good and tuckered out, I’m back! Thank you so much for this amazing comment. I love your sharing of the 1/3 rule. An excellent reminder to take care of ourselves first, and like you mentioned if we can get to that place of caring for ourselves consistently, to “always keep that 1/3 of time for self – EVERY day” wow! What a worthy goal to achieve for anyone but especially parents of young ones. I can imagine how much more you can offer your little ones as well as your relationship with Brian by valuing your 1/3 time for self. My own visualization is an inner well of well-being. I imagine the time I spend doing what I enjoy and what nurtures my soul as ‘filling the well’ and when I am filled to brimming then I can overflow into the ‘wells’ of others. Thank you so much dear one, for your presence in my life! Our exchanges mean so much to me.
      Love and Hugs, Gina

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      So agree with you. I think especially, us mothers need to guard that great balance. I have found out that I can not run on a empty battery. I need that silent time. Used to wonder how some mothers can give 100 % of themselves and their time to their children without attending to their own needs. Mysterious. Now, I have realized I need to stand by my needs and find balance between the giver as a mom and my silent time. Still, trying to learn that fine balance. 🙂 best, Kristi

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        Ah silence. What a wonderful point. I too needed that when parenting. I still make room for it actually, with my truck and camper I often go out by myself for a couple of days, just for the silence. It is a lovely (and important!) balance to a noisy busy life. Thanks for your comment here Kristi! I enjoy travelling this journey with you 🙂 Hugs, Gina

  9. 

    Thank you for yet another GREAT post, Gina! So great that I plan to steal, err, I mean re-blog it.

    The “garden of your becoming” is is a truly beuatiful, enchanted, magical place. Thank you for not keeping your garden a secret. The world needs to experience much more of your wonderful spirit.

    I’m proud to be your friend!

    Russ

    • 

      Aww.. you consistently tug my heart-strings and bring bright tears of happiness my friend! I am excited and delighted that you’ve reblogged this piece! Yes let’s spread the word and help people remember how important (essential!) it is to be true to who we really are.
      Your friendship means the WORLD to me Russ! Thank you, and I too am proud we are ‘family’.
      Hugs, Gina

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    Reblogged this on A Grateful Man and commented:
    This is yet another of Gina’s many great posts. It was so good that I wanted to share it with you!
    Russ

  11. 

    Wow, this totally hit the mark for me, A Grateful Man brought me here, and for that I am grateful! Thank you Gina!

    • 

      Hello and welcome! I am indeed ever so thankful for that dear grateful man. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I look forward to visiting your blog as well! Thank you so much for your kind comment, Cam’s Granny. Blessings, Gina

  12. 

    Gina, rreat post! Funny, I actually had similar thoughts today. Similar minds think alike. 🙂 Have even written post about it (will publish tomorrow). Jim Rohn is so right. We must always stay true to ourselves. Be honest with ourselves and dare to stand by it. – best, Kristi

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      I love when similar minds think alike! 🙂 It is an important topic that we all need to sing out about, how we must remain true to who we really are. I am so excited to see your post for tomorrow! Although I enjoy all your posts 😀 Hugs, Gina

  13. 

    This was a wonderfully inspirational post. Thank you!

  14. 

    I just read this post, and it talked to me!!! Wow, Gina! You really make a difference with each post. Thank you, thank you, thank you !! 😀
    PS: I stole every single quote in here! I’ll print them out and hang them in my room!

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      Erika, this is wonderful! I am delighted that this post spoke to you, and that you are printing it out. That is what every blogger lives for (Ok this blogger anyways!). Your kind comment truly means the world to me.
      Hugs, Gina

  15. 

    All the quotes are great. To choose one close to me,

    Self-confidence is so relaxing. There is no strain or stress when one is self-confident. Our lack of self-confidence comes from trying to be someone we aren’t. ~ Anne Wilson Schaef

    For me…this confidence allows us to make better choices as stated in the other quotes. Self-confidence is the quiet strength behind our ability to be the best of who we are.

    • 

      Hi Rhonda, yes you’ve selected a true favorite of mine as well. She states it so well, that it is relaxing as we can just be ourself. Thank you for this wonderful and thoughtful comment. I am so glad you enjoyed this compilation! Hugs, Gina