There’s something about the philosophy of Dr Seuss that I love, I suppose it’s a little like A.A. Milne’s take on life through the eyes of Winnie the Pooh. It’s simple and on the surface nothing more than a children’s story. It is however as always the meaning we attach to it that has the impact.
Earlier I posted on my Facebook page the Dr Seuss rhyme “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you!” It struck a chord.
I’ve been practising being ME for some time now ……tentatively at times! And yet, I know that I’ve still been waiting for ‘issues’ in my life to be finalised before I jump in at the deep end. That would seem the tidy thing to do wouldn’t it! It’s probably just as well that life isn’t like that though! I guess I’m still running from myself at times. A few things have happened recently that have shaken me up a bit – all in a good way and I’ve come to realise (yet again) that the only person I can and must be is ME.
Last week’s lessons –
- a girlfriend has fallen madly and head over heels in love (hurray!) – the lesson I learned is that she wasn’t out looking for it and it came to her……………..interesting. (Note to self………..LET GO of the looking!)
- I worked on a project with photographer (Stephen Cotterell), he took a series of photographic portraits of me. He discovered or perhaps more accurately uncovered the REAL me. The lesson for me -“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are” a quote on his Facebook wall by Paul Caponigro. Don’t be afraid to be who am I.
- I read an article by Amber Rae who wrote on the importance of closing doors in order for new doors to open. This can be a deeply painful process. My lesson………..A door I thought I’d shut was in fact ajar and not serving me. She wrote “I learned that the urge to hold onto something that isn’t right will only prevent me from discovering what is right.” My goodness did I need to hear that.
As a result, I’ve been taking a look at my life from a different perspective. I’ve been lightening up and laughing more. I’ve been making room for more fun and joy in my life. I’ve been saying “F**k it” more and being more spontaneous………………You can too you know!
So, it’s over to you.
Are you being YOU in your life? Really and truthfully? Oscar Wilde wrote “Be yourself because everyone else is taken.” Who are you being if not yourself?
How do you feel about unleashing yourself into the world?! If not now in midlife, then when?
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the chair……….it’s a great way to take a look at something in your life from a different perspective. I use it in my coaching a lot! If you feel ready to take a look at your life from a different perspective, get in touch for an introductory chat…………..it won’t cost you a thing and who knows you might just find it enormously valuable!