Every morning I read from one of the 20 or so books in my "days of the year" collection.
There's the spiritual thought-of-the-day book, the funny quote-of-the-day book, Your Daily Rock by Patti Digh and a "Today in Business" book.
Some days the messages seem to align with a central issue...on those days I pay special attention because I I get the feeling something or someone is speaking to me...today the issue is me.
Each of the readings affirmed and reaffirmed my value as a person.
The 13th Century Persian poet, Hafiz, said, "I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being."
Reverend Janet Beach wrote, "The best gift I can give myself is to be me, not what others want me to be."
Lady Gaga was straightforward, "Don't you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can't be exactly who you are."
For those of us of a certain age the good intentions of our upbringing told us that thinking of ourselves was/is selfish, self-centered, "not the way good children act." We, too often, resist looking inward and smiling.
Today, for a moment, let's understand that it will be difficult to find our way along our paths if we don't realize that the feet we must put in front of each other are our own.
As Sam Howell, the young quarterback phenom for the UNC Tar Heels, said, ""You have to believe in yourself before everyone else is going to believe in you.”
Today, do it for you...and, I'll do it for me.
If you find value in today's message please share.