In the course of recent reading I came across a quotation that made me sit up and take notice. It was from the irrepressible Oscar Wilde who said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Isn’t that amazing?
The more I thought about it, the more I saw a truth that we could all benefit from. At this early time of the year, so many articles are about ways to change ourselves. We are obviously the wrong size, have the wrong hair, do the wrong exercises, desperately need to change our eating habits, have failed to discover the latest “health” foods... You have seen them too and perhaps believed there must be a way to look more like the model.
Wilde made me think that we might have the wrong end of the stick here. We all know we will never look like the one using the perfect exercise equipment. Our hair will never shake into that swirl she keeps demonstrating. Eating all that sauerkraut (newest health food discovery) will not make us svelte. Should we just give up, slump back on the couch and reach for another chip?
No, go back to Wilde’s real thought. Who is waiting inside you to emerge? What soul work might move you just that much closer to becoming a better person, if not a slimmer, more stunning one?
While plugging in the morning coffee, can you also think of giving this day to God? Going out the door can you ask God to help you be Christ to those you might meet? Is there time at day’s end to offer a prayer of gratitude for what has been or maybe one of petition for what might be tomorrow?
None of these suggestions will make you better looking. You will only be better.