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I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly. ~ Buckminster Fuller
If there was one question that might be a guide to living a great life, what do you think it might be?
Truth be told there’s probably tons of them, but today I found myself asking: are you a self-fulfilled person Elle?
Why on earth would anyone ask themselves that?
All I can say is, it just popped into my head whilst on my early morning constitutional. Do you think I need to seek spiritual or psychological help for this malady?
Never mind. That’s a crummy question anyway.
But I am asking THE question of you: Are you a self-fulfilled person? Hmmm. What say you?
Need some clues? Okey dokey.
Do you love life?
Are you creative?
Do you have high energy?
Where are you on having a sense of humour?
Do you have good relationships in your life?
If you can lay claim to these characteristics, then you are most definitely a self fulfilled person. And no, that’s not just according to me…it’s according to that master of the hierarchy of needs…Maslow.
If you can’t in all honesty claim every single solitary one of these characteristics as your own, don’t fret. How about these:
Do you see yourself as liked, wanted, acceptable and capable?
Can you accept yourself as you are?
Are you filled with a sense of oneness with others? (I’m adding ‘mostly’ here, ‘cos there’s always that odd one. Well isn’t there?)
Would you say that you have a rich store of information and knowledge?
Can’t lay claim to all these either? Maybe not entirely self-fulfilled according to this criteria? No worries. According to the late Dr. Arthur Combs we’re not born with these characteristics, we achieve them. I say, maybe, maybe not.
But if you’re willing to renew the concept you have of yourself then you’re on to a winner.
1. How you see yourself
This is where it all begins. With us.
You have wonderful gifts to give the world. Gifts, just waiting to be shared with those of us who need them. You might not recognize them as you read these words. But just take a moment to see, really see yourself. Try taking a look at yourself through the eyes of God.
Are you able to see the marvelous, miraculous being you are? You are already a gift to this Universe we operate and dwell in. Perhaps no-one has ever told you that you’re such a gift. No matter. Know that you are.
You don’t have to go out and ‘make something of yourself’ from the perspective that you’re not good enough as you are, right now. You don’t have to do more and more to prove yourself. Get off that treadmill, unless you’re happy going round in circles.
Are you ready to begin gift giving this year? Great…
2. Begin at the beginning
Begin with you. Begin by respecting yourself, being compassionate with yourself, giving yourself the love and kindness you deserve and you’ll move inexorably towards the self-fulfilled you.
Don’t measure yourself by the usual definitions of success and satisfaction. What makes life meaningful for you might be totally off the wall to me, or others. Who cares? Your life is a gift you were given and you are filled to overflowing with gifts to bestow on our world.
It’s all about developing the greatest aspects of ourself…to see ourselves as the great masterpieces that we are, and develop our physical, social, emotional and spiritual selves.
We do this in order to live our lives in a state of high awareness, completeness, joyfulness and to experience those amazing, transcendent moments of bliss, unity and understanding. And we definitely have to love that…it’s our natural state after all.
3. We’re judged by the world only as we judge ourselves
Practice appreciating yourself a little more. Practice noticing the everyday ordinary gifts you give and receive. Comforting a friend. Kindness to a stranger. Hugging a child. Practice appreciating your life and the role you play in ours.
The potential to live a self-fulfilled life is within all of us. Stop asking yourself if you’re worthy or unworthy, if you’re capable or not, if you can or if you can’t.
When you visualize daily, as having already achieved your desire..any desire…you set up powerful vibrations and attract the ways and means, the ideas and opportunities that help you.
Time to let go of wondering how things happen, or what you have to do to experience success. The universe moves in mysterious and wonderful ways that you and I could never devise by ourselves. It surely is a wonderful world we live in.
We carry within us the wonders we seek without us. ~ Sir Thomas Browne
All you need is now. Today is your point of power. Pay attention to the gifts of today. Take care of today by filling yourself with joyful thoughts and more ideas, and actions to take, will be revealed to you tomorrow and more again the next day.
By choosing to see ourselves in a different way, we can be uplifted, even inspired. Self esteem is the food of the spirit. So let’s all see ourselves as capable and wanted, accept ourselves just as we are right now, and take our place in the universal oneness, from whence we came. And voila, there were are in all our self-fulfilled glory.
Feels pretty good doesn’t it? Not too shabby a question to guide our life.
What questions do you use that guide you?
Encourage one another.