July 27, 2010

It's refreshing to remember...

There are certainly times in all of our lives when we have to be who we aren’t…for instance when we have to deal with new challenges, or step outside the comfort zone of who we have always known ourselves to be.

But in terms of day-to-day living, the older I get, the more I realize that for the most part, we really do only need to be who we are. This is very helpful for me to remember when I wish I was more like someone else- or that I was smarter, or wiser, or better in some way. It is certainly helpful to remember this as we age- as our sight starts to weaken, and our memory loses it's strength, or when we don’t have as much energy as we use to.

In last week's post in the comment section I mentioned that years ago when my kids were young and life was more hectic, I wrote on a piece of paper "If it's okay with me, then don't worry about it." and put it in my wallet as a reminder to stay on course to my true self. It really helped, and I think it is partly what eventually brought me around to: you only have to be who you are.

It’s such a relief don't you think?


  1. Your post reminds me that there is a book available from Amazon titled "Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken" by Mike Robbins.

  2. Louise,

    This is beautiful!
    And honestly open.

    We really do only have to be who we are and nothing else!

    We are all so unique in everyway and we are all here to share who we are with all those who enter our lives so we may all learn from one another.

    There is so much beauty to SEE within each and every person who crosses our path.

    I am grateful you crossed my path again Louise in this life!
    As I See the Beauty of who You Are!

    Love to You!

  3. This is exactly what you wrote on the gratitude tree during our Round Robin girlfriend week. I keep it in my photos and sometimes use it as my profile pic. What a beautiful reminder for all of us. We are made in perfection just the way we are...and I am grateful that you are who you are Lou! xoxoxo

  4. Barbara thank you for the book referal. Hearing the title makes me think it might be a really good one.

    Maria and Cindy...thank you. So glad to have you both in my life too. XO and love from me

  5. My favorite piece of advice from my mama: "Just keep on being you. It's the only thing that'll ever work."

  6. CF your mama gave you a wonderful gift when she said that to you. And you gave us all one by passing it along.

    Maybe she should be an aging beauty some week do you think? I'd love to feature her.


  7. I'll ask! She is quite the beauty. :)

  8. How true! Thank you for your insight!