To Thine Own Self, Be True.

I originally posted to my personal Facebook page 2 years ago about embracing my gentle and sensitive nature and my feelings of being steamrolled by others who didn’t recognise that it is special in its own way.

Since then have had people respond saying that it has really made an impact in the way they see themselves, by appreciating the differences that make us all special in our unique way rather than enforcing a cookie-cutter “everyone should be like me” view and embrace their quirks and uniqueness, seeing the strength in them, even if with others it doesn’t resonate.

It’s about honouring the true essence of who we are and allowing others to honour their true essence. I’m reminded of the meaning of Namaste – “The Light in me recognises and bows to the Light in you for they are the same.”

I remember groaning when reading in our yearbook, the parting wisdom of my year 12 Principal who wrote the famous words by William Shakespeare. In Act 1, Scene III of the famous play, Hamlet, Polonius says:

“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!”

It seems she was onto something…

It’s been a journey over the last 2 years, to embrace more and more my gentle nature which is my true nature. To re-define some of the dialogue that has been used to label me in the past. To see that it is my strength and that actually is helping others!

So here it is the Facebook post (only edited to remove typographical errors):

“I don’t normally share much about what happens emotionally in my life on Social Media. However, today I feel I need to share in the hope that maybe it will help someone out there. Therefore in the spirit of being authentic here goes:

My whole life people have told me that my sensitive, gentle nature was wrong. Usually by those, type A Alpha people who see me as lazy, dreamy, airy-fairy, and undedicated and even slow moving. You know, all those words associated with not doing.

For years those words were my inner voice, telling me that I wasn’t enough.
So, I fought against my true nature and listened to those Alpha words. I moved, I did, I was dedicated and I stopped dreaming.

Until 2 years ago. I was burnt out. That was then my true nature peeked through and I meditated. I asked the universe “What is wrong with me?”

It answered.

Since then I have found my purpose and it embraces my true nature and I embrace my true self.

I may be sensitive, gentle, slow to act and dreamy. But those qualities let me empathize, heal, teach, see the bigger picture, to really see others and help them, to create and to listen clearly to the divine.

I am not longer going to try to be something I am not.

I am not writing this to get likes or to have nice sentiments put as comments.
What I want is for my fellow sensitive soul sisters and brothers out there to know it’s okay to be just that. To not listen to those Alpha’s words, in fact, to be the opposite. To be the Yin to their Yang.

Because we need more people to be like us to undo all the bulldozing that Alpha’s do.
To bend when they steamroll us, so we can pop back up and shine our gentle love into the world.
To heal the hurt left in their wake.
To say I am wide awake and I see what they don’t see.
To not rush in, to give people the space they need to find their own way.
To Do but Do so gently and with care.
To nurture so we can know true love.
To embrace sensitive children with the gentleness they need. And to show them that they are perfect the way they are.                                                                                                            To teach so we can grow and improve humanity with love and kindness.
To dream so we can create beauty, innovation and abundance.

So, here’s to my fellow sensitives and gentles. Stay soft – it’s not a bad thing.

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