The Path To Being True To Yourself

William Shakespeare Statue in Budapest, Hungary
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In The Words Of Shakespeare, "To Thine Own Self Be True"

"This above all - To Thine Own Self Be True,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man ~ William Shakespear - "Hamlet"

As you read this, its easy to glide over the powerful key words, causing you to miss the impact and greatness hidden in Shakespears' words. Try this exercise to help you feel and absorb his intent:

  1. Read it through and accent or emphasize the following words which are in bold.
  2. This above all - to thine own self be true - and it must follow as the night to day - thou canst not then be false to any man.

Feel these words, physically.

  • What is your personal interpretation?
  • How can you begin to make the necessary changes in your daily habits and routine that will give you the opportunity to be true to yourself?
  • Do you believe in this ancient quote?
  • If everyone practiced Shakespeare's advice, how would the world benefit?
  • Is this practical?
  • How will you benefit?

There is one path leading to the steps that must be taken and practiced in order to live a peaceful, happy life. And that is the path to being true to yourself.

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Beautiful Books & Guidance to Loving Yourself

Your "Gut Feeling"

How can we be sure that we are being true to ourselves? Your dictionary.com/true, defines "true" as

  1. faithful; loyal; constant
  2. reliable; certain
  3. in accordance with fact; that agrees with reality; not false

a. conforming to an original, pattern, rule, standard, etc

b. exact; accurate; right; correct

4. rightful; lawful; legitimate

5. accurately fitted, placed, or shaped

  • Truth gives us strength; it naturally builds healthy boundaries.
  • Truth is open; it is honest even at the risk of being vulnerable.
  • Truth is light and when we walk in truth, we walk in light, and when we walk in light, we live a healthy and loving life.

The phrase "using your gut feeling", has always been a foolproof signal for me. I can't begin to count all the times I have wished I had listened to my "gut-feeling" instead of my logic. I have learned, mostly the hard-way, through the years, that I must go with that feeling that comes up so fast that it can be frightening.

A few years ago, I had a problem with "falling down", and my falls were hard ones. The majority of those trips and falls were sometimes preceded with a warning to "be careful of your next step", or "slow down" and sometimes a "stop". I ignored these inner messages which have cost me problems for the rest of my life. Now I always pay attention and listen to that still, small voice now. This is one way I can be "true to myself".

When we listen to our bodies we are loving ourselves. Meditation is a marvelous way to learn to listen to our physical and spiritual messages. It provides us with clarity and focus. The minute I begin to feel frustrated or overwhelmed, I stop whatever I am doing and meditate. Going for a quick walk is another way I receive clarity, (as long as I don't fall).

Spiritual guidance found through prayer also clears a cluttered mind and makes way for a path of clarity and light. This light is a constant reminder to love ourseves first, so that we may shed the light of love to others. It is impossible to love our fellow-men if we have not practiced loving ourselves.

As children, we learn rules of etiquette, sharing, obedience, social behavior - but little if any time is directed to loving the self. We are told to love our little brother, our sister, our friends, our parents, and even the dog - but what about loving our own self? When are we taught how to do that? There is no joy, no happiness, no peace to be found when we are not true to ourselves.

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
Buddha

Do what you love and love what you do to be true to yourself ~
Do what you love and love what you do to be true to yourself ~ | Source

Self Love is Not Narcissim

The most empowering way to love ourselves is to recognize and accept all of our imperfections. These imperfections remind us that we are in a "process" which continues our whole life through.

It's important to remember that self love is not narcissism. As a matter of fact, it is the "starting point" of self mastery. Self love means forgiving yourself. Do that right now. Forgive yourself for the past and the present. Then let it go. If past mistakes begin to come up for you, immediately replace that thought with something that brings you joy. Direct your mind to that cute puppy or new baby. Even imagining a hot fudge sunday will bring you back to the present.

Self love also means you are patient with realistic expectations. Give yourself time. You may trip and fall emotionally as this is part of learning. Avoid judging yourself. There is no right or wrong - it's thinking that makes it so.

Now, take a nice deep breath, relax your body and mind, then read aloud the following quotes:

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."

Lucille Ball

"The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others."
Sonya Friedman

"To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don't wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now."
Alan Cohen

It is not always easy to be true with ourselves. The entertainment world, for example, deals with illusion and image. The more successful a celebrity becomes, the more separation between truth and fiction. Publicity agents, media, star-power all make it next to impossible to live a life of being true to yourself. There are exceptions, of course.

You are unique, unlike anyone else in the universe. Learn to embrace this uniqueness.

"You can measure the impeccability of your word by your level of self-love. How much you love yourself and how you feel about yourself are directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of your word. When you are impeccable with your word, you feel good; you feel happy and at peace. You can transcend the dream of hell just by making the agreement to be impeccable with your word. Right now I am planting that seed in your mind. Whether or not the seed grows depends upon how fertile your mind is for the seeds of love. It is up to you to make this agreement with yourself: I am impeccable with my word. Nurture this seed, and as it grows in your mind, it will generate more seeds of love to replace the seeds of fear. This first agreement will change the kind of seeds your mind is fertile for."
Don Miguel Ruiz


A Book That Taught Me How To Release My Own Self-Limiting Beliefs

Affirmations To Change Your Thoughts

I've provided a few affirmations below which can be spoken, chanted, read or you may even sing these. Change comes through repetition so use them daily.

  • I accept myself completely here and now.
  • I love myself completely as I am. I'm getting better all the time.
  • I now release my entire past. I am free.
  • I accept all my feelings as part of myself.
  • I now dissolve all negative,limiting beliefs. They have no power over me.
  • It's okay for me to feel good and enjoy myself and I do.
  • I now feel deep inner peace.
  • I now forgive and release everyone in my life. We are all happy and free.
  • I don't have to please others. I am naturally lovable and likable no matter what I do.
  • The universe always provides.
  • I am now full of radiant health and energy.
  • I give thanks for ever increasing health, beauty and vitality.
  • I am a powerful, loving and creative being.
  • Everything good is coming to me easily and effortlessly.
  • I accept my good which is coming to me now.

Creative visualization is so powerful that even five minutes of conscious, positive meditation can balance out hours, even years of negative patterns. - Shakti Gawain

Ways to Love Yourself

So . . . how do I begin to show love for myself?

  • You must know that you have the ability to make some changes in your life. Have confidence.
  • Trust yourself. Sometimes we know much more than we give ourselves credit for. Stop judging yourself, your thoughts, your actions and your feeling.
  • Improve your sense of self-esteem by doing those things you are really good at. Do you bake great chocolate chip cookies? Do you play an instrument well? Love to dance? Maybe you excel in a sport, or love to write stories. Everyone can do something that they are very good at.
  • Make time to take care of your body. Increase your exercise. Walk a little faster and a bit farther. Do your stretches every day. Get a massage. Get enough fiber in your diet and drink plenty of water.
  • Laugh more often. Look for the humor in everything you do - especially in mistakes you make.
  • Stay positive. List any and everything you have accomplished. Add to it daily and refer to it often. Practice replacing unhappy images with happy images. I do this whenever I have a sad memory of my son that died of cancer.
  • Every time you pass a mirror, look at your reflection and say, "I love you". Even add your name. "I love you Audrey June. You are lovable in every way."
  • Always be "in integrity with yourself". Always. This is how you become truthful with others. This is the first step to self-love.
  • See beauty in everything. As you do, you will then see the beauty in yourself.


Have fun and don't take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at your mistakes as well as at tough situations that accompany you.
Have fun and don't take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at your mistakes as well as at tough situations that accompany you. | Source

A Beautiful Affirmation

 

“I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.

Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.”   Courtesy of Denis2005 Virginia Satir quotes (American Psychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)

Final Thoughts About The Path To Being True To Yourself

So, is Shakespeare correct? Shakespeare said, "To Thine own Self Be True" - Is This Practical?

As far as I'm concerned - not only is this practical - it is the key to peace, joy and the ability to loving others.

You must be on the right track or you wouldn't be here in the first place. Now you must act. Do beautiful things for beautiful you.

  • Treat your body well and fill it with nutritious food.
  • Go for a walk and visualize every muscle in your body getting stronger.
  • Keep every organ in your body well-hydrated. Drink an 8 oz. glass of purified water 8 times a day or 1 glass every hour.
  • Fill your mind with beautiful, meaningful messages.
  • Trim your 'self-talk' by breathing deeply and learn to relax your body and mind.
  • Thank your body, mind and spirit every day as often as you can.
  • Take a break from the computer every 20 minutes. During the break is a great time to do some affirmations. Check the list provided for you above.
  • Laugh at your weakness and mistakes.
  • Purge toxic people and situations.
  • Sing.


Thank you for reading, rating and commenting.

Resources: The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz

Creative Visualization - Shakti Gawain

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

It's actually very difficult to be true to yourself. We constantly lie to ourselves about all sorts of things because it makes us feel better.

It's called denial.

It's only when we are fed up with denial and wasted time that we finally become true to ourselves.

Great Hub!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Will - Oh, thank you for being the first to read my hub. You have made a significant and major contribution here. I agree - it is extremely hard to be true to yourself. And I had to smile as I read your last line. It really fits yours truly. I was the queen of denial a good part of my life. And like you,I became fed up and decided it was time I finally put my time to better use. I must admit, that I love the challenge of being true to myself. Thank you, Will. :)vocalcoach


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"I was the queen of denial a good part of my life."

And I was the king. Once I finally faced reality and stopped lying to myself, I started to grow and mature.

Shakespear was right...To Thine Own Self Be True,


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Being true to one's self also means not taking one's self too high or too low and too much,thanks for sharing vocalcoach.;)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Beautiful message Vocalcoach! Made me fhink of a photo that I took of Syd and posted on the fridge. I noticed later she wrote on the photo "I love myself". I was so happy to know that she did! That was awesome for me to see:-)!

I once hear this quote and do not know who to credit but I love it. "Denile is the longest river,"

Pretty true isn't it? I hope you have a green day:)!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

vocalcoach~~ I truly believe in our self-actualization... it obviously doesn't happen to everyone and we reach it at different points in our lives but we are finally ready to care for ourselves~~ without viewing ourselves as selfish/ and so that we might better care for others who matter...

I love the way you framed this article~~ very well done! Voted USEFUL, AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL!


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Excellent hub. So many people have a hard time being their true selves in a world that encourages dishonesty in everything from dating to advertising. We get so caught up in promoting ourselves and becoming what others want us to be or expect us to be, that we don't know who we are. People need to learn to love themselves, not a public relations picture of themselves.

Rob


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest VocalCoach,

GREAT Hub! Don't you find that "being true to yourself" in your Hubs is what resonates with the largest number of Hubbers!?

You have a wonderful following because YOU ARE TRUE TO YOURSELF first and foremost! Your "writing voice" rings and sings true to the rest of us!

Blessings to you and yours always, EarthAngel!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Earth Angel . . . Oh, how this name gives confirmation to who you are. You have contibuted in a way that resonates with all of us here on "Heavenly Hubpages". How insightful of you to see and share how this relates to the writer. I feel blessed to have found you here on hubpages. Eager to explore your writing - I will do that right now. Thank you, dear one. vocalcoach


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

vocalcoach, it takes many falls for me to learn this and I'm speaking for me the slow learner, voted up awesome, dusty


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you vocalcoach, I'm sure your hub To Tnine Own self Be True has hit home for many of us, sometimes we get so caught up into someone else that we lose our self identity and we're not being true to ourselves. It is a constant battle trying to stay true to ourselves,but we have to keep fighting for ourselves. God bless you for this very informative post. creativeone59


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What a joyous soul you share here!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

We wear so many "Hats" and names in our life time...we are Mommmy, Mother, Wife, Girlfriend, Aunt...you get the picture, but sometimes we just don't make time for OURSELVES...This was a wonderful Hub and it got out the message. Thanks for sharing Vocalcoach.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

I like the photo of the kitty looking in the mirror at a Lion!!lol so cute and this is another uplifting message for us to be reminded how important it is to be true to ourselves and the rest will fall in place!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear creativeone - You have made such a good point. It is easy to lose our identity when we are caught up in someone else. Excellent observation. We get caught up in our children, partner, parents, friends and on and on. Thank you for your contribution to this hub by bringing such an important element into the light. God bless you...vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

dusty - you dear, sweet man! It has taken me a lifetime to learn to genuinely love myself . . . and I still have my moments. I still "trip and fall" which comes from high and sometimes unrealistic expectations for myself. But, at this final stage of my life, I am trying and that's all that matters. Hey, dusty - I love you and I love me. Thanks :)vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Robwrite - You have really hit the nail on the head, so to speak. I, too, at one time lived to become what others thought I should be. I look back now and see what a waste that was. Thank you for your excellent contribution. I appreciate it so much. :)vocalcoach


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theseus 5 years ago from philippines

vocalcoach,

Another great hub,my friend.

Yes, we should be true to ourselves otherwise we would be keeping up with others' perception of us for the rest of our lives. We should love ourselves for who we are and not for who we are not. To quote a line from Og Mandino's Greatest Salesman "I am nature's greatest miracle.God bless.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fossillady - Absolutely right! Concentrate on loving yourself first, then everything else will fall into place. I just love this. Hope everyone visiting this hub will read your comment. You always leave a smile on my face. :)vocalcoach


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

vocalcoach,"Hey, dusty - I love you and I love me. Thanks :)"

That quote is diamonds encrusted in the heart! I love you as well! I saw your avatar and got a special feel from it the first time I saw it! Can't explain it, it just was and is. You take care now Sis, Dusty


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Couldn't agree more with your message vocalcoach! If one is not true to themselves then it typically means that they do not like themselves very much, been there done that, and unfortunately it just doesn't work very well! We must learn to love and accept ourselves - only then can we begin to truly love others! Thank you for your always inspirational hubs!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Good hub, my friend. I have always liked the quote and have tried to stick by it. Then I came to London, and started teaching in a State School (Primary), near London Bridge. This was the school motto, so I don't know how many times I have heard it or explained its meaning to children in my care. In all those years, it has never lost its impact with me. Thank you.


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Scarlett My Dear 5 years ago from Missouri

Dear vocalcoach,

There is most definitely a theme in your writings here and I am so happy you share *it* with us! You truly speak from the heart, and that makes all the difference.

"To thine own self be true..." What an introspective, heart-on-his-sleeve, ahead-of-his-time poet was He, William Shakespeare! His message is always clear ~ Look within.

There is one simple reason, as I see it, that we humans have such difficulties in loving ourselves ~ Fear. Fear of loneliness, Fear of abandonment, Fear of disappointment, Fear of not presenting to the world what we *think* the world wants to see.

To find the courage to be ourselves is possibly THE most important thing we will ever do. Love Thy Self and To Thine Own Self Thy Will Be True!

YOU, share this message so effectively in all that you do here! Thank you!

~With Love, Scarlett


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tamron 5 years ago

I am still working on being true to myself! I slip every now and then but at least I don't make excuses to myself and justify to myself so much when I am not true to myself! Great hub! Ping Ya!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Twilight Lawns - Wow, what a wonderful school motto. I am thrilled to know that you are actually teaching this to your school children. Magnificent! You, my friend, obviously live by Shakespears words. Marvelous ~ :)vocalcoach


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

Vocalcoach, This hub hit me right in the gut..Being true to yourself (and for me, having a relationship with that Power that is greater than me) really is the only way to peace of mind.. You wrote about loving yourself, too and I have to admit this has been a life time struggle for me.. sometimes I wonder if I'm hard wired to be self-destructive (I wonder if others wonder this too)I just really appreciate what you've written.. Feeling "worthy" is just something I've just always struggled with. Voted UP and Awesome.. Thank you :)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

There you go again , my friend. You always teaching us new and interesting things including one. This was so beautiful. I am glad to know this from you. You always my online teacher. Rated up. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio:)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Prasetio - I am honored to be your on line teacher. I think you are far more knowledged than I. I have learned so much from you and your amazing hubs. You are a special guide in my life and I am blessed to call you my dear friend. :) vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

realhousewife - Goodmorning, dear friend! It is wonderful that she truly loved herself. That tells me alot about her sweet spirit and love for others. Oh, I love the "denial" quote. Fantastic! :)vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Chatkath - I should have guessed that you would be one of the few who have truly learned this valuable and sometimes difficult lesson. It all begins with us. How many of us go through our entire lives and never learn to love ourself? Blessed are those that listen to their own heart first and in so doing, listen to the hearts of others. You are a gift to me. :)vocalcoach


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Vocalcoach - yes and I will try to remember to do the same as my daughter! I like being a good student:) Thank you again for making me think about this!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well the 'epigramman' is certainly true to himself - there is only one of me - lol - that's for sure - lol - and yes there is only one VOCAL COACH - and that said - it takes one to know one and I am certainly very glad to know you my friend and enjoy your many fine hub subjects - you are such a cheerleader for the human race - and a true earth angel who just made my day by sending me a most lovely card - it doesn't get any better than that - so thank you again for being in my life - you are loved and respected by so many of us here at hubpages ....


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

MY ex put all the pressure he could find on me but I just couldn't give in. I paid for it bitterly but I kept my self-respect without that I would be nothing. A great hub.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Epigramman - It's obvious that you follow Shakespear's timeless words. You are the most loved and respected writer on hubpages. I am blessed to be able to call you my friend. Thank you for your constant support and always an inspiration to me and everyone in the hub-family. May joy, prosperity and great health be your, always. Your friend and biggest fan. :)vocalcoach


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

Hi Vocalcoach,

I am delighted and fascinated with every steps of your hub. Every word is valuable and sets a sigh of inspiration. “Truth gives us strength; it naturally builds healthy boundaries”. “Love yourself” – all are wonder to create self-strength in disguise.


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

I think no matter the level of dedication, at some point we fall short, even daily - the power is when we are willing and able to begin to love/forgive ourselves and others again. Love the affirmation!! v/r


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh Support Med. - You have given magic to my hub with your reminder to forgive ourselves when we fall short - which we all do. I think its called "being human". Yes, as you have so brilliantly put it, forgiveness is the "power". You're the best! vocalcoach


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

This was absolutely wonderful. Where ever did you find such wisdom.'?

l´ve grown up and am growing old(ish) still believing that loving myself is wrong,.

Everything here makes so much more sense. l want to change my ways immediately. l´m not THAT old and it´s never too late to change.

Thank for such a beautiful, helpful hub.

You are a gem..xx


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dim - I am so very touched after reading your comments. Most of us were raised by well meaning parents and people that were never taught the importance of loving ourselves. And without those messages and affirmations, we do not learn how. As you have said, it is never too late to begin this nurturing process. I am so grateful to you for sharing your feelings with me - and so very proud of you for beginning now - to love the sweet, lovely, talented woman that you are. I send you hugs, a rainbow of your very own, with a "pot of love" at its end. :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

H P - Hello, my dear friend. Forgive me for the long delay. You have added a worthwhile and important comment to this hub - "“Truth gives us strength; it naturally builds healthy boundaries”. “Love yourself” – all are wonder to create self-strength in disguise."

I thank you for being here on hubpages, where I can learn and grow from you.

Blessings to you. . .


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Jamie Brock - You have shared with us a very personal look into your heart and soul. That takes courage and truth. You are crying out to be loved. Loved, both by others you respect, and from your own self, deep within your soul. What you presently believe ( I am unworthy of love) is a falsehood that was taught to you as a child, either directly or indirectly.

You were created by perfection and as such, you are a child of perfection. To not be able to love yourself, you are not acknowledging your creator (higher power). Learning how to love yourself is a process, but it is the greatest journey you will ever take.

Go, now, go to the closest mirror and in private look at the beautiful Jamie and if you are tempted to go to negative inner dialogue, take a few deep breathes. Follow this with only positive dialogue such as " Jamie, your eyes are beautiful, and just look at the lovely lips that only speak good about me from now on." After welcoming all parts of your body, end with "Oh, I love you Jamie".

I hope that I have not intruded in any way, Jamie. My intention is to provide a new path for you to follow, a way to begin to "Be truthful to yourself" Thank you Jamie.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tamron - well, you have got the right idea. A step at a time. It's an ongoing process and I still, even today, must stop my internal dialogue that imprisons me and replace my thinking with self-love and positive, greatful thoughts. Thank you and blessings to you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Scarlett My Dear - You really understand the importance and meaning of Shakespear's Eternal message! I enjoyed reading your comments so very much. And when you said, "To find the courage to be ourselves is possibly THE most important thing we will ever do. Love Thy Self and To Thine Own Self Thy Will Be True!" - I experienced goose bumps and tears of joy that is a result of hearing direct confirmation of something you believe so strongly about. Thank you, so much. I truly appreciate you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

theseus - What wisdom you reveal in your comments and in your terrific hubs. Thank you for ""I am nature's greatest miracle." And you are on of hubpages greatest writers! God go With You - Always!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

b.Malin - You summed it all up with your proverbial wearing of too many hats! I don't ever remember wearing my own hat - in fact, I'm sure I didn't have one. Thanks, my very dear friend and super talented hub page writer! I wuv u - :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mckbirdbks - My apologies for the delay in responding to your very sweet comments. I can always count on your support and loyalty. Thank you so much.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mentalist - Very good comment my friend. I miss you and wish you were writing your magnificent hubs!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi RealHousewife - I sure hope "better late than ever" still applies. Just found your comment and so sorry my reply is so late. Been thinking about you lately Hope you and the girls are doing well. You are such a good mother! Sending love and big hugs to you Kelli!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a fantastic hub. I will add it to my recommended reading list under my last hub.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Nadine - Thank you ever so much. I wrote this for myself as well as others:) You are a jewel!

Audrey


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talkabout 2 years ago from Mount Laurel, NJ

Being true to yourself is the key to life...I believe. It has helped me through so much. This article is a great affirmation of that!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

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It took me a few years of living to please everyone else before I learned the valuable lesson of 'being true to myself.' It's so nice to see you here and I will pay you a visit soon. Thank you. - Audrey

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