Returning to Yourself

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”The only way to get what you really want, is to know what you really want. And the only way to know what you really want, is to know yourself. And the only way to know yourself, is to be yourself. And the only way to be yourself is to listen to your heart.”

Mike Dooley

I always thought I knew who I was, but I didn’t. Many of my ideas about who I was came from the world telling me what I should and shouldn’t choose, and who I should and shouldn’t be.

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The first step to ‘finding who you are is to break yourself down. To question your beliefs, opinions, likes, and dislikes. Were did they come from? Who are you trying to please? Who are you trying to impress?

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Finding yourself is an enlightening experience. We become self sufficient and do things for others without expectations of something in return. We are no longer needy and become utterly grateful for all the things people have done for us in the past. Finding yourself is a time of harmony because we develop the belief system that will carry us throughout the rest of our life. When we love our self and who we are, we start to savour life.

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Finding our self is a journey, not a destination. A lot of it is trial and error. That is the price we pay in return for the satisfaction we receive: More often than not, we hit a bump in the road, and sometimes we fall flat on your face! I have come up against obstacles many times; they have slowed me down, and made me think ‘is this really what I need?’ Being prepared to understand and accept that this is a part of the process, and committing to getting right back up and starting over is vital. It is not always easy – but if we learn to see that as a chance to prove how much you want to find our self, then we’ll find fulfillment and security in our pursuit. When you are yourself, everyone will respect you more

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Knowing yourself means respecting your values in life, your beliefs, your personality, your priorities, your moods, your habits, your magnificent body, and your relationships.

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Knowing yourself means understanding your strengths and weaknesses, your passions and fears, your desires and dreams. It means being aware of your eccentricities and idiosyncrasies, your likes and dislikes, and your tolerances and limitations.

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Instead of looking at emails, text messages, news updates, and social media notifications right away, wake up with your priorities. Ask yourself a few questions, like: “How do I want to feel no matter what happens around me?”

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Plan what you really want to do and work on what needs to be done to get you to there…… starting today.

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If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.
 Masaru Emoto, 


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