“The more a person analyzes his inner self, the more insignificant he seems to himself. This is the first lesson of wisdom. Let us be humble, and we will become wise. Let us know our weakness, and it will give us power.”— William Ellery Channing
“…to have greater self-awareness or understanding means to have a better grasp of reality. Now, the opposite of reality is to project onto yourself qualities that are not there, ascribe to yourself characteristics in contrast to what is actually the case. For example, when you have a distorted view of yourself, such as through excessive pride or arrogance, because of these states of mind, you have an exaggerated sense of your qualities and personal abilities. Your view of your own abilities goes far beyond your actual abilities. On the other hand, when you have low self-esteem, then you underestimate your actual qualities and abilities. You belittle yourself, you put yourself down. This leads to a complete loss of faith in yourself. So excess—both in terms of exaggeration and devaluation—are equally destructive. lt is by addressing these obstacles and by constantly examining your personal character, qualities, and abilities, that you can learn to have greater self-understanding. This is the way to become more self-aware.”—From “The Art of Happiness at Work" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”—Anais Nin
For the longest time I have been in a slumber. I have just recently begun delving into myself, hearing my thoughts and trying to accept them, trying to embrace all that I am. I want to go into the ultimate depth, surprise myself with my audacity, shock myself with change.
I long for change, for adventure, for passion. I want to scream out loud, I want to pull someone’s hair, I want to be free from constant control and repression and judgement.