Have you guys ever had periods in your life when you questioned the way you were doing things because it didn’t feel like you were quite getting the results you wanted? I have been feeling a bit like that lately. It is amazing how easy it is for a normally self confident individual to start to question themselves. I think it is because we live in a world that is so obsessed with comparison and competition. Last week in our yoga class, our instructor was talking with us about how important it is to be yourself. She was saying we must act in a way that is true to who we are. It came at the perfect time for me and it definitely gave me the boost I needed to help me keep my little choo choo train chugging up the hill. Then yesterday, I was catching up on Letters of Note, one of my most favorite websites, and I read a letter that I felt was expressing a similar message. It was a letter from Frank Sinatra to his daughter Nancy and I just loved it so I thought you might too.
Chicken — a thought.
Strange, but I feel the world we live in demands that we be turned out in a pattern which resembles, in fact, is a facsimile of itself. And those of us who roll with the punches, who grin, who dare to wear foolish clown faces, who defy the system — well, we do it, and bully for us! Of course, there are those who do not. And the reason I think is that, (and I say this with some sadness) those up-tight, locked in people who resent and despise us, who fear us, and are bewildered by us, will one day come to realize that we possess rare and magical secrets, and more — love. Therefore, I am beginning to think that a few, (I hope many) are wondering if maybe there might be value to a firefly, or an instant-long roman candle.
Keep the faith
I am not sure why he wrote this letter to his daughter (whether it was on a whim or to help her through a hard time) but I have a feeling it might just have given her the little boost of confidence that she needed as well. Three cheers for awesome daddies.
Just as your yoga teacher’s words came at the perfect time for you, this post came at the perfect time for me. I was just reflecting today about being myself and working on a better me for next year. I cannot express to you how much I love this blog. The funny ones are hilarious, the artsy ones are amazing and the serious ones are truly inspirational. Thank you.