“Developing self-esteem requires an act of revolution, or several mini-revolutions, in which we begin to separate from group thought and establish our own sense of authority. We may suddenly; realize we hold an opinion different from our family or our peers, but in either case we will have difficulty freeing ourselves from the group’s energy, whose strength depends upon numbers and opposition to most expressions of individuality The act of finding our own voice, even in mini-revolutions, is spiritually significant. Spiritual maturity is measured not by the sophistication of a person’s opinions, but by their genuineness and the courage necessary to express and maintain them. By courage, I do not mean the intractable stubbornness of two people locking horns, Spiritual maturity in contrast, is the capacity to stand one’s ground as a reflection of a genuine inner belief.”
– Caroline Myss, is a best-selling author and speaker
I really liked this quote that a friend said to me. There is so much truth in it. I find myself having to constantly having to work on this and remind myself about it. Staying true to yourself, even in the midst of differing opinions, ridicule, doubt, and fear, is a constant challenge, but its what we need to do if we are to realize our true potential. Finding our inner voice and listening to it, as opposed to the voice of others, is crucial. And being true to your values, your truth, your beliefs, despite these challenges, is actually the very thing that gives you self esteem. It doesn’t come from winning awards, being admired, or in earning a lot of money. I have found that self esteem comes from the knowledge that no matter what happens, I did my best.
Thanks Caroline Myss, for this great message!!