Several years ago, I used to have index cards with positive quotes on them. I was working toward a specific goal and in that goal more than even being able to achieve it, I wanted to make sure that I was not only being true to my values, but that I was being me and not trying to imitate what someone else was doing. And so I would read these quotes every day in the hopes that they would be ingrained upon my mind. I would post sticky notes around the house that reminded me at all times of what I was working toward and quotes that were intended to help me reach that goal of being myself.
Today what I want to talk about is the courage to be you! Be the person that you were meant to be with no apologies. And make sure that you are holding true to your values and what God’s potential is for you.
There is a quote that I want to share with you today. It’s super short and so easy to remember so my challenge to you will be to memorize it so that you can be reminded that YOU are who you were meant to be.
Here’s the quote… ready? “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself!” Super easy right? Now I want you to repeat it along with me 3 times, only changing it to the first person with the last part being changed to I am meant to be myself. Ready?… In a world where I can be anything, I am meant to be myself. Again…in a world where I can be anything, I am meant to be myself…one more time…in a world where I can be anything, I am meant to be myself.
Now take a deep breath and visualize yourself in a way that represents you! And if you’re struggling with that. Maybe think of the person that you want to be. For example, if someone was writing your obituary, what would you want it to say about YOU? Not your credentials, and, where you lived, or places that you traveled or what you think defines you, such as she was a great mom, or he was a dog trainer. etc. etc.
What I want you to visualize is what someone would say about your character. What traits would you want them to list about you? So think about and ponder that for a minute. While I share some other thoughts.
There is an ancient temple in Greece, in some foothills near the ocean, that is dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. Above the entrance of this temple, now referred to as the Oracle at Delphi, is the following well-known inscription: “Know thyself.” This simple yet profound invitation reflects an important step in our progression as human beings.
The Greeks believed that all humans are born with innate potential and that the purpose of life is to figure out what that potential is and to then act on it.
Guess who else believes in our potential and wants us to grow into the person that we were meant to be? You guessed it. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In a talk given at BYU by DONALD L. STAHELI he asks this question, “Is the road you are now traveling and the present conduct of your life leading you to achieve your full God-given potential?”
Elder Neal A. Maxwell said it another way: “The Lord loves each of us too much to merely let us go on being what we now are, for He knows what we have the possibility to become!”
Pretty thought provoking right?
Our world today is fraught with people trying to tell us a better way to live our lives. There is discouragement, distraction, and doubt at every turn. We see videos and social media plastered with people showing their “perfect reels”. But, the question becomes then, is what you see what you get? Are you putting out there what you want the world to see you as? Or are you standing up with courage and being your true self, who the Lord wants you to be, no matter the consequence?
In his talk Staheli goes on to say “I am convinced that distractions and discouragement are some of Satan’s most effective tools. He finds ways to help us make excuses as to why we can’t do this or that. He gets us involved in wasting our time and resources in things that lead us away from improving our lives and developing our talents. He blurs our focus by diverting our attention. And this can happen to the very best of us.
So as I said in the beginning, the challenge is to have the courage to be you with no apologies. This life is just too short to try and be something you are not. And maybe it takes you a while to figure out what that something is. But the best way to do that is to learn to know yourself by looking inward and looking upward to the one that know’s you better than you will ever know yourself! Have a great day my friends and we’ll do it all again tomorrow!