John Chappelear produces a weekly Positive of the Week newsletter/blog that often has insightful wisdom. The October 18, 2010 issue was no exception, and here is an excerpt:
Last week I was in a round table discussion focused on personal and professional growth. One of the points raised was the powerful, which is designed to help people remember to be: Honest, Open-minded and Willing.
H.O.W. is a good reminder that being open, honest, and willing are prerequisites for affecting any sort of change in our life.
I have coined an acronym for Y.O.U. because I believe that to be thewe are intended to be, we need to realize that the person we are does not need to change – in fact, we are whole, complete and perfect just as we are. The power in life comes from creating a powerful, positive image of who you are and embracing the personal importance of that realization.
The Acronym Y.O.U.
- Y is for Yes. Yes to accepting yourself as you are in all your wonderful being. This means saying yes to all of you including your strengths, weaknesses, beauty, warts, perfections and imperfections. The whole, !
- O is for . This means that you have the Opportunity to be your authentic self – who you really are. There is nothing you need to do to become the authentic you aside from being. You are already all you need to be if you simply open yourself up to that opportunity.
- U is for Unconditional Love. The greatest love is the unconditional love of self. We grow up conditioned to believe that we ought to be one way or another – anything but the way we were born, and out of such beliefs grows discontent with you. However – there is no other person on this planet of over 6 billion people who is exactly the same as you, and no one will ever be able to know you or love you as you can . While you may share a name, characteristics or physical appearance that is similar to others, there is no one else who is exactly you. (That is pretty impressive when you think about it!) In addition, this person – you – is absolutely deserving of pure, unadulterated love. When you love yourself unconditionally, it is not at all selfish to take care of yourself and to put yourself first. When you feel loved and accepted by you, it becomes far less effort to help and give aid to others.
Theof your life really lies with Y.O.U. and you – saying Yes to who you are, taking the Opportunity to be who you really are, and celebrating Unconditional love.
What does this mean to you today? When you meet someone who does not appreciate you for who you are, realize that their power is in their celebration of what Y.O.U. means in their own life. As others focus on themselves (as the main character in their own life), and their own best interests, we can begin to appreciate what don Miguel Ruiz talks about as the Second Agreement – nothing others do is ever personally about us, no matter how real it feels. Do not take anything personally.
When we can get over whether others accept us (whose opinion really matters except our own?) and realize that we are whole, complete and perfect just as we are, we can begin to concentrate on things outside of us. (In other words, once we realize that we are okay, we do not need to worry how we fit in the world) . No more egocentric thinking because we are already okay as we are.
we understand and embrace the power of Y.O.U., what might you going to do differently with your days?
Have a productive and happy week!