Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Have to Live with MYSELF



MYSELF
I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don't want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know
the kind of person I really am,

I don't want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men's respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.

I don't want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.
Poem by: Edgar Albert Guest

Every now and again we need a stern shaking or a nice kick in the butt, in order to refocus and concentrate on ourselves, our abilities, our goals, and our contributions to society.  It is important not to loose ourselves in the ways of the world, to stop focusing on how to be like the next person but how to be content with ourself.  Every morning we have to wake up and live the day as ourselves, and every night we go to bed and reflect on our own actions.  At the end of the day, in order to get a good night's rest and be prepared to tackle the next day, you want to be satisfied with those reflections. 
Just a thought .....

This is one of my favorite poems.  After a stressful couple of weeks and thinking about how to share my thoughts with you guys, this poem came to mind and I am thankful for it! 

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