Believe In Yourself

“Don’t look for someone in whom to believe. Believe in yourself. The only authentic authority is your own original nature. – Vernon Howard “Easier said then done.” – Me.

We live in a day and age of “Just believe in yourself and your magic shoes will take you to Oz.” Ah, no. Your shoes will take you to Kansas, if you feel like walking your ass off, but self-esteem, believing in yourself requires doing esteemable acts. Funny that, eh? “Left foot, right foot, breathe, repeat.” – Father Tom (ala Anne Lamott)

Here’s the deal with my own self esteem: on good days it’s good, on not so good days it can stink like sour milk (and I feel like a sourpuss).

I don’t rely on my brain to create my whole world (otherwise I’d just have to plug my head back into the entire 7 seasons of The West Wing) I rely on little things, taking little steps to get out of my head: meditate, see friends, attend spiritual meetings, read inspiring blogs and quotes, do gratitude lists, have my feelings, go for a walk, and yes, sometimes, eat ice cream – as the solution (just not a whole pint) … to whatever is ailing me.

I think my point is that to “believe in yourself” is also to act so, not in solitude, not always immersed in the other, but in a healthy balance between the two.

Funny that: “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man (person!) is (t)he(y) who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.“

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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