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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

AYD - June 11, 2013 - What is your Greatness?

"To say something nice about yourself, this is the hardest thing in the world for people to do. They'd rather take their clothes off."
- Nancy Friday

Hard to feel successful and command your daily performance, if at first you cannot acknowledge that you are the lead character in this number one hit show that is your life. - Pierre

I grew up timid.  I was a shy kid.  I was not very good at sports, or music, or much... but I had a big heart. 
As I got a little older, all I wanted was to be liked and understood.  But that simple want, created bigger fears. One of my biggest fears was being misunderstood about how I portrayed myself...and so, I was always afraid to say anything good about myself for fear of being viewed as conceited.  Not sure how it all came about...but it was there.  And it dominated me, and made me even more timid.  That was then, but it was always my Now.

As life gives us experiences that slowly shape us, like a sculpture taking shape out of stone, one chip at a time, we eventually become  a recognizable piece of art.  Gradually as we look upon the invention before us we learn that we have taken on a shape that we understand.  We can follow the lines that form the image.  We can touch them and recollect the journey we have taken.  And in this special little story, we find moments to feel good within ourselves.  Maybe we recount some strength we have learned.  We recall where our smile comes from.  We recall achievements, born from practice and dedication.  I can go on and on...but I think you remember feelings like these.

What many of us often do not do ... is share these feelings, in expressing our feel good about ourselves.

Fear of acceptance maybe, or of being misunderstood.  Why do we find it so hard to say, "Hey, I like me, and here is why."  Not an easy answer, but with awareness, we can try to move that emotion to the side, to make room for some expression that carries far more benefit.

So at first we can acknowledge it ... that it is difficult for us.  We can carry on and then ask ourselves "Why",  or we can jump from the edge of the pool and cannonball in. 

Say something nice about yourself, I dare you.  Tell me something I don't know about you.
Or...stand on the side of the pool, naked... and the rest of us will float around looking at you ... not knowing what greatness hides behind all the shivering goose bumps.

I am Pierre Couturier.  I am a good husband.  I am constantly trying to learn how to be a better dad. And I am becoming a better Author of my days, all the time. Oh...and I have chubbin cheeks that I learned to appreciate.

Have a good morning, so it can be a greater day, because a greater you makes a better environment for all those around you.


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