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“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
- Oscar Wilde
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day (aka ‘Love Day’) I wanted to share with you, dear readers, two of my all-time favorite quotes from one of my favorite writers, Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde was a gifted Irish poet, writer and playwright whose is most notably known for his comedic, witty and satirical plays in the 1890s (The Importance of Being Earnest; An Ideal Husband; Lady Windermere’s Fan) and his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
I enjoy these quotes, especially during the month when we celebrate LOVE, because they remind me that truly loving myself (faults, idiosyncrasies and all!) and staying dedicated to the on-going, courageous task of living authentically are a life-long process that is both necessary and rich because there is only one me…just as there is only one YOU! Therefore, it’s up to us (‘everyone else is already taken’) to explore, articulate, value and love who we are so we can strive to live our full potential for ourselves, for those who count on us and so as not to squander this incredible opportunity we’ve been given to make our own unique mark on the world. If we allow ourselves to be blocked or shy or ignorant to our own brilliance – how in the world will others be able to truly see it, appreciate it or love it? They won’t – because they can’t – not unless we show them by believing that who we are and what we have to offer in our work and lives is worthwhile!
So how do we continue to embrace the life-long romance of this journey to love and be ourselves and not lose heart when life gets challenging or the call of conformity seduces our energy away from us? I invite you to do two things:
1) Do something that makes your heart sing every single day
2) Read and remember this marvelous quote and reflection from another one of my favorite writers, Marianne Williamson:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
- Marianne Williamson, from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Feel free to share what kinds of things make your heart sing, what comes up for you as you reflect on these quotes and what it means to you to love yourself and be your authentic self in the comments box – I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Love Day to All of You and see you at the Fit & Fab event on February 21st at Flywheel Fitness in Bellevue!
As a Certified Professional Career Coach, I love offering my clients the benefit of my training and 11 years of recruiting and career transition experience to gain clarity and action towards achieving their professional goals. Whether it's looking for your next great job, positioning yourself for a promotion, taking your development plan to new heights or branching out to express your entrepreneurial spirit, I'd like to hear your story, your dreams and create a partnership to unleash your true potential!
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