Be true to you

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I contemplate some of the relationships I come in contact with, I can’t help but remember a particular scene in the movie, Runaway Bride.  In case you aren’t familiar with the movie, it tells the story of a young woman who leaves a string of fiancés at the altar.  She fears being herself so she becomes what she thinks they want her to be, which leaves her unhappy and unsure of the relationship.

When she begins to realize the problem, she goes into a café and tries eggs every style.  She has always eaten them however her current “love” eats them, instead of deciding how she likes them best. Eggs benedict wins out as her favorite.  That scene could teach.

Since one reason I began blogging is to share life experiences, I have to admit that this is one all too familiar to me, as I struggled with this in my younger years.  I see many young women, morphing themselves into whatever they THINK their current man wants them to be, instead of being themselves.  I was never truly happy until I learned to be myself, whether it “fit” with someone else or not.

If only we could syphon some of our hard-earned experience into their brains, but alas, this isn’t the way we learn.  Unfortunately, for the most part, our younger generation has to learn these things for themselves.  I know I did.

Day 250

Wrapping up the 25th of December

Merry Christmas!

For most families, by this time on December 25th, there isn’t anything left under your tree, unless it’s that straggler present for someone who didn’t show up.  Your outdoor trash can is full of boxes and wrappings and the bags and bows that got through the unwrapping chaos unscathed, you have stashed to use again next year.

The kitchen is clean and all the leftovers have either been shipped home with family and friends or they are nestled tightly against each other in a refrigerator full of them.  If you are like my family, you won’t have to cook for at least a couple of days, but you will end up doing it anyway because you will be tired of turkey.

Most likely you are full and lazing around on the couch wishing you wouldn’t have had seconds (or thirds), or that piece of pumpkin pie.  Some of us are sitting around chatting, reminiscing, and making more plans to get together more often.  For others, a long drive home looms ahead.

Hopefully wherever you are and whatever you are doing you are in possession of some new, warm happy memories.  We need to remember if we got only one gift or have a full belly tonight, we are more fortunate than a large percentage of the world.  Count your blessings; don’t go to bed mad, lavish forgiveness and mercy, and love, love, love.    Peace and Blessings!

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