The Wisdom of Knowing Yourself



‘It is Wisdom to know others
It is enlightenment to know ones self’
                               Lao-Tzu

On every journey we take it is always wise to know our travelling companions, indeed, we give a fair amount of thought to their temperament, their social ability, their conversation or even their preferences around food and activity.  Forced to sit with someone who doesn’t meet our exacting standards and a journey stretches with every second becoming an hour or more, sit us with someone we have assessed and accepted and those very same seconds shrink to a fraction of a moment.
But consider, for just one second, how well do you know the one person who is always with you, your travelling companion on all journeys even solitary ones – Yourself!  How well do you know You? The real You that is, not the You who is an outer shell, molded and ground by life like a pebble in a stream. The inside You, the bit who makes the judgements around other people, while the public You smiles sweetly. 
When you were a child, that self made its self known all the time, passed comments and shared views, but at some point as you grew, at some point someone told you to change, to conform, to become a square peg to fit in the neat hole.  The 6 year old you, knew your potential, knew you were a gloriously hexagon peg, the one who could be an astronaut, a vet, a clown and a train driver all at the same time – the 36 year old you however has been channelled, streamed and sorted, told how to behave and who to be, taught in other words to conform and turned, if not into a full square peg at least one who fits in a square hole. Take a moment and look inside yourself, past stresses about money or life, past the shopping lists or dinner plans and take a good long look at You – I wonder do you know yourself as well as you know other people, do you understand what the 6 year old you did, that you are amazing! Can you say in all honesty what really makes you tick.
There is a need for standardisation, that is irrefutable, there are social niceties we need to observe in order to exist in the wider community but the question is does the conformity have to come at the price of our individuality, surely rather we should celebrate it in just the same way as we celebrate our cultural differences, we should accept and embrace the inner us and be accepted for it. 
It is only when we understand and reconnect with who we are that we unlock our potential and take back control.  For some that understanding does come with the realisation that life needs a complete overhaul, but what after all is the mid-life crisis, for others a change of desks can make all the difference.
So take the first step on a new journey with understanding the most important of your travelling companions – Yourself!

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