Resist the Path Taken by Others and Be Yourself

Resist the temptation to quote other teachers, gurus, or writers.

Resist the temptation to place quotes written by others on Facebook.

Resist trying to be like anyone else.

Find out who you are and be yourself.

When we work to integrate the words of another into our own personality, we are, one believing that these high sounding words actually reflect their writer (or speaker) actual self and, more important, we use these lofty phrases as ways to protect our own vulnerability. Because we are afraid to actually be ourselves without any crutches we use the philosophies of others to model our life. In this way we fail to be true to ourselves.

There is seeming safety in the well-respected and admired. It is also fear of being one’s self.

A better question to ask is this: what am I so afraid of? Do I not trust my own being?

Until you are willing to walk out into the light of life itself as who YOU are, you will continue running to the words of others as a crutch and support. Even if it feels shaky and uncertain – do it.

This is why the Zen Buddhists say, ‘if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.’

Don’t waste another moment living a second-hand life. Be you or you will never be.

Georges Seurat the artist who drew the picture of the lead image in this article as well as the painting below, for which he is best known:

did not sell a single painting in his life. He believed in his art and his vision. He learned his craft from others, but developed an approach to art that was uniquely his own. This is what it means to believe in the genius of one’s self.


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