Insight 2– To Thy Own Self…

I find myself quoting Shakespeare more and more lately. In fact I have brought up a new blog ( based around one of his quotes. The full quote in this title is from Polonius in Hamlet and goes as follows:

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!

What I think Polonius basically says is to take care of yourself first and that way you’ll be in a position to take care of others. Don’t do things contrary to your nature. I also see that advice in the quote below.

2014-12-21_13-47-42You must transcend your own mind and societal thinking to discover and get in touch with your true identity — or “essence” as some spiritual leaders call it. In fact, getting in touch with your essence allows you to get closer to that state some people call enlightenment.

When you are able to do this on a daily basis, you will no longer need a job or career to define who you are. You will experience much more peace of mind and happiness — with or without a job….

Soul-searching is one of the keys to retiring happy, wild, and free. Retirement forces you to rethink who you are, what your interests are, and what your priorities are. More leisure time is an important aspect of quality of life, but so are freedom, creative pursuits , fun jobs, and enhanced health from leaving a stressful job for good. Retirement can provide you with this higher quality of life.

Zelinski, Ernie. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor (Kindle Locations 1223-1258).

I am not into the Zen thing but there is wisdom in the above words. I think all of us have a certain foundation that we base our lives on. For me some of those things are empathy, compassion, justice, being a follower of Jesus Christ. There are also other things that we adamantly oppose and for me again those include narcissism, greed, selfishness, machismo, and inflated egos.  If you really want to have a purpose in the life you must conscientiously determine these core issues for yourself and to base your “purpose” on them.  The process you use to find your “essence” is pretty much up to you but it is important that you do it. Once you have settled on your core it is also important that you remind yourself of it on a regular basis.

The activities in your life should be driven by these core interests but it is as unhealthy to concentrate solely on them as much as it to ignore them.  You also need other pursuits in life and that will be the topic for future posts in this series…

To Thy Own Self Be True…


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