Know Thy Self
While I am not sure who said it first, “Know Thy Self,” is best known as an ancient Greek adage commanding you to examine, understand and accept yourself.
Knowing who you are is your source of power – find it, claim it & wield it.
Often, people say that I’ve changed and I agree! I am more confident, kind and focused. Knowing who I am led to knowing what I wanted which led to being more decisive, action orientated, and consistent in my behavior. I stopped being so people pleasing, doubtful, and self-conscious. Having tapped into the power that knowing myself opened up, I became a better version of myself.
If I want a hug, I ask for it. If I want to be treat a certain way, I tell others. If I want a raise at work, I ask for it. I might not get it, but I no longer fear letting my wants & needs be known. I’ve become more honest with myself which allows me to better identify how I feel and why. If I am unhappy, I take the time to accept how I feel and examine why. Then, I act. I’ve become more action-orientated. I seek to solve my problems, and remove barriers to my success. I am still imperfect. I am still learning about the world and myself. But, I know who I am and that provides a level of consistency and comfort as I navigate the world.
I am not easily influenced by popular opinion, consumerism, corporatism, or subjective morality.
I know right from wrong. I can say that! For some odd reason, most people cannot. Instead, they say, “it depends.” A lot of people may disagree, but I know that objective morality exists (meaning that regardless of people’s opinions, “some actions are right and some are wrong,”). My best example of this is theft. Theft is inherently wrong.
For me, the path to finding myself was through Voluntarism.
Voluntarism is the principle or policy that all human interaction should be based on voluntary participation and the rejection of all human interaction based on coercion. Voluntarism has an affirmative connotation and can stand alone, being that it is a positive act of will rather than an aversion to the state.
In practical terms, Voluntarism and Anarchy have the same general implication: the formulation of a society based on voluntary association rather than coercive means. However, there does seem to be a confusion about this concept. It seems to be based in a distortion of language, stemming from a long-held cultural misconception that anarchy means “chaos.” Anarchy is not the absence of rules; it is the absence of rulers.
Others may find that their path to finding themselves – to happiness – starts with one of these…
“The key to finding ourselves once again, however, is to believe in ourselves and know that we have everything we need in order to thrive.” – Power of Positivity
Put you first
Be selfish. You can’t rely on anyone but yourself to bring you true happiness so stop waiting for anything or anyone outside yourself to try and start being the vessel that helps you receive it.
Every person needs time alone, whether they’re introverted or extroverted, single or in a relationship, young or old. Solitude is time for rejuvenation and self-talk, for utter peace and for realizing that purposeful “loneliness” is not a bad place to be but rather, a liberating part of your overall existence.
Reconnect with your dreams and dream BIG. What kinds of dreams did you have for your life before you lost yourself in the busy-ness of life? What have you since deemed impossible or improbable because of where you are today? Grab a journal and reconnect with the dreams you once had and better yet, come up with some new dreams.
- If you want to be a good person, you must do good things. Not 50%, 60% or 75% of the time, but as close to 100% of the time as you can. Good people do good deeds. And, doing good deeds consistently helps to make you a good person.
Pay it forward. You’ll learn so much about yourself as you help others.
Lastly, I’ll add that it definitely helps to find someone to love that values honesty and can keep you accountable.
I hope this blog post helps someone feeling lost, unfocused, or depressed. I hope this post helps someone with untapped potential, someone who knows that they are under achieving. I hope this reaches someone who is seeking to reclaim that time in their life when it was full of possibilities. I hope this reaches someone who is seeking their inner child, their uncomplicated self.
I hope this reaches you.
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