Honoring yourself can take many forms. One of the biggest and, I think for many of us, the hardest to realize and do is to be true to what we are feeling, what we want and what we dream or once dreamt. Expressing feelings, ideas, needs, and wants is not usually encouraged. Most of us have learned to stuff all of that down over the years.
When we were kids we learned to behave. Behaving meant not crying, singing loudly, dancing, yelling, running around or asking for things or asking questions. Behaving meant being quiet, being seen not heard and being continually pleasant and satisfied with what we are given including perfunctory explanations. It meant sitting in our chairs, staying in the straight line, minding the teacher. All without questioning any of it.
So we have spent literally years, the most formative years the thinking goes, learning how to blend in and live by others’ expectations and rules at all times. College gives you a little more freedom then back into the job where it all begins again.
One of the best ways to begin this lovingME lifestyle is to simply reconnect with the “me” in that equation. How much do you even know yourself? If you have spent a lifetime being a good son or daughter, a great student, a team player and a model employee, do you even know what the real you looks like? Do you know what the real you wants? Do you know what the real you is feeling? Do you know what the real you is here to do?
I submit that the world needs that real you. Not just the conformant, do what is necessary version that you play in your various roles, but the real you that is the spirit living in the physical body. The one that was put here to do what only you can do. You suffer for not knowing him, your family suffers and ultimately, the world suffers.
Get acquainted with and begin honoring your spirit – the real you.