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Compromising Yourself?

Are you compromising yourself?

That’s the question I ask myself ever so often.

I ask myself other questions too.

What do you want to do in life? What do you want to achieve? What do you want to be know for? What do you want to work on in the days ahead? What projects do you want to lend your energy to?

As I wonder about all of these, I usually get the same answer. It’s the words of Alan Cohen, I read a while back:

‘Be who you are. Be more of who you are. Be all of who you are. Your greatest career and relationship asset is authenticity.’

I may not realize all my dreams. But I certainly don’t want to go through life
over adapting to suit other people
selling out
selling myself short
trying to be popular
compromising on my values and beliefs
trying to be perfect.

Instead I want to be ME. To accept myself. To nourish my spirit. To dream. To dare. To laugh. To be imperfect.

With Mary Oliver…
I want to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbably beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

No compromises. Nothing short of ME.

 

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18 Comments

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  2. Julie Jo Severson Julie Jo Severson June 24, 2015

    Alan Cohan is a wise man. And, you, are a wise woman. Authenticity has become an important and beautiful notion to me now at midlife. Thanks for sharing

  3. Janine Janine June 24, 2015

    Isn’t it amazing what happens once we embrace our imperfections and realise that we are enough and not to compromise our integrity!!

  4. cathy cathy June 24, 2015

    To be improbably beautiful and afraid of nothing…

    That says it all Corinne…what a lovely post, and it rings so very true…

  5. Rosemond Rosemond June 23, 2015

    Love your post! It is often so difficult to truly be yourself. I have found that as I’ve gotten older it is a little easier!

  6. Amy Amy June 22, 2015

    Love the post! Yes! That is me now. I used to want to please. I used to want to be involved in everything. Help everyone. Yes, I still am helpful and kind and giving toward others, but I don’t put up with as much b.s. If someone is no longer serving a positive purpose in my life, I distance myself. If something doesn’t feel right, I don’t do it. I don’t cater to others as much as used to. I’m me, with all the imperfections. So be it. I’m being more real these days and it feels good.

  7. G Angela G Angela June 22, 2015

    Beautiful post corinne, enjoyed reading this, thank you for sharing !

  8. Lata Lata June 22, 2015

    Couldn’t have said it better Corinne

  9. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan June 22, 2015

    Inspirational food for thought! Thank you, Corinne.

  10. Sue Sue June 22, 2015

    Hi Corinne great post! We can let ourselves fall into the trap of trying to be how others want us to be. It has taken me quite a while to realize that I am who I am and am proud of me. Thanks for sharing at #FridayReflections

  11. Kathi T Kathi T June 22, 2015

    As I get older I have been coming to the same conclusions. I find I am happier with the choices I am making for my life. I let pain go and no longer hold it inside to punish myself. I only have control over me and what I do with my life. I chose to let the pain go. It’s made a world of difference in my life and I am at peace.

  12. Kimberly Kimberly June 22, 2015

    Beautiful post Corinne! Thanks you for joining us at #MidLifeLuv. We’re very glad to get to know you and your blog.
    Kimberly

  13. Karen McDonough Karen McDonough June 22, 2015

    great post! it took me a long time to know myself before I could even figure out how now not to compromise myself. i’ve learned the more authentic I became, the more people accepted me for who I am (or not…but that’s their problem..hee hee).

  14. Tara Schiller Tara Schiller June 21, 2015

    Great post. I love that quote by Alan Cohen. Id Never seen it before. Thanks for sharing.

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