Appreciate Your Life and Just be Yourself

June 29, 2013

ID-100118679(1)Dale Carnegie liked to tell stories of celebrities who didn’t discover their fame until they accepted themselves for who they were.

There was Charlie Chaplin, who didn’t become famous until he discovered his unique gift for humor and began to talk as he twirled his rope. Gene Autry tried to drop his Texas accent and got ridiculed. It was only after he started twanging his banjo and singing cowboy ballads that he became the world’s most popular cowboy in pictures and on the radio.

You are something new in this world. Be glad of it. Make the most of what nature gave you. Cultivate your own little garden based on what your experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made you.

As Emerson said in his essay on “Self-Reliance”: “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”

Remember, to cultivate a mental attitude that will bring peace and freedom from worry, resist imitating others. Simply find yourself and be yourself.

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