Friday, January 7, 2011

Marching to Your Own Music

Photo by jdurham
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away. Henry David Thoreau

Many of us are so busy trying to do and be whatever it is we think the world expects from us that we never hear the sound of our own drummer. As a result we feel frustrated and anxious. The truth is: we can never fully be what others expect. To be happy and lead fulfilling lives we must learn to trust in ourselves and our heart's desires and look less to what others expect of us.

I'm not suggesting that you disregard the feelings and needs of those around you, simply that you use caution not to lose yourself and your dreams by catering to their needs.

Remember even the Bible tells us to love others as we love ourselves, not more than ourselves, not instead of ourselves, but as we love ourselves. If God thinks its important that you love yourself, who are you to argue? Part of loving yourself means giving yourself permission to be who you are and pursue your dreams. Part of loving yourself means heeding the drummer and marching to your own music.

May you find the courage to march to your music today.

Today, I am grateful for the tiny birds at my feeder, for penguins that always make me smile and for color that makes the world interesting. I am grateful for seeds that lie beneath the snow and begin to grow in spring, for flowers curled up inside of bulbs ready to burst forth at the first sun of spring sun and hibernating animals that are same and warm beneath the snow.

I am grateful for mountains that stand strong and proud, for trees laden with snow and for hillsides covered with wildflowers in summer. 

I am grateful for health and happiness for my family, for memories of good times and a future filled with blessings.

And, I am grateful for you, dear reader, as you stop to share my day. May you heed the music of your drummer and go forth to reach your dreams.

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