“A Thought – Be Yourself”

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12th Dec 2023

David Whyte, the noted Anglo-Irish poet, said this in a 2019 interview with Krista Tippett –

“One of the interesting qualities of being human is, by the look of it, we’re the only part of creation that can actually refuse to be ourselves.

As far as I can see, there’s no other part of the world that can do that.

The cloud is the cloud;

the mountain is the mountain;

the tree is the tree;

the hawk is the hawk.

The kingfisher doesn’t wake up one day and say, “You know, God, I’m absolutely fed up to the back teeth of this whole kingfisher trip. Can I have a day as a crow? You know, hang out with my mates, glide down for a bit of carrion now and again?”

No, the kingfisher is just the kingfisher.

And one of the healing things about the natural world to human beings is that it’s just itself.

But we, as human beings, are really quite extraordinary in that we can actually refuse to be ourselves.

We can get afraid of the way we are.

We can temporarily put a mask over our face and pretend to be somebody else or something else.

And the interesting thing is then we can take another step of virtuosity and forget that we were pretending to be someone else and become the person we were on the surface at least, who we were just pretending to be in the first place.”

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.

God has created us in unique ways and sent us with a unique purpose and wants us to be ourselves and contribute in our own way.

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others, you just need to accept yourself.

Be yourself, be unique & stay blessed forever.