My favorite tattoo used to be the rose I had on my bicep that stood for an ex of mine but recently it changed. On my wrists I have the word “Know Thyself” written, one word on each wrist. It’s interesting that I haven’t learned the true meaning and relevance for almost a year later. The quote is a Greek aphorism attributed to several philosophers. I believe it’s the consciousness and knowledge that can be attained. The implications can be manifold. My greatest goal is to obtain free thought; thoughts that are unbridled, unabridged, and unhampered by any outside entity. Pure thought that only can be derived from you and God. And it all starts when you “Know Thyself” or have come into complete acquaintance, acceptance, friendship, and LOVE of who you are. Not who people perceive you to be or what society says about you but who you as an individual are solely. If KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, then KNOWLEDGE OF SELF IS THE ULTIMATE AUTONOMIC POWER.
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” –Laozi
When I am in full acknowledgement of me I know the ins and outs of myself. This means knowing what I am and what I am not. Who I am and who I am not. Know that I know myself the perception of other have no foundation. How can you tell me something about which I am when I am fully in tuned with who I am? And even if they are right, I’ve come to grips with these facts myself before you thought them and I am moving on purposefully with this knowledge. It has become impossible for someone to call me any name or place any negativity on me because I know who I am, so their thoughts and perception are nil in my eyes, airy, weightless. I then can move on unscathed by the opinion of other; now having the ability to achieve and prosper without outside interference. Knowing yourself also means knowing your value and being able to see if other recognize it. If their calculated worth of you doesn’t match yours there’s a problem.
In our age bracket we tend to have “haters” (a cliché I seldom use) and naysayers who have made a sport of telling us what we can and cannot do. Know that I know myself I have a full range of my capabilities and inabilities. I can almost pinpoint the outcome of any constructive task I take on. Of course you can’t foresee every circumstance but in knowing yourself you can plan around these things. For instance, I wanted to start blog. I knew I had the capability to write. I knew I had the means and brain power to do it. I also knew I was a procrastinator so I set up certain guidelines so that I continue to write. I couldn’t have planned for my drawback without being aware. And this could be attributed to several situations. When I know what I can do I am also realistic and logical when it comes to certain undertakings. We should always try but a stance of realism in what we try accompanied with the knowledge of self can prevent failures of the self-perception of being one.
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton
A mirror is scary for some people. Michael Jackson made the song Man in the Mirror and it incited retrospection years later for Chris Brown. Knowing yourself comes with a realization of your flaws and the ultimate acceptance of them. This allows for a free conscious or at least a leg up when it comes to certain things. When I get angry, I get furious, and in knowing that I have been able to thwart many maladies because I see this flaw and don’t allow myself to get into certain situations where these those flaws can take over and end negatively. That’s a big situation but in microcosm it fairly easy to understand. I know I don’t like ethnic food so I don’t eat it. I know that me and a certain person don’t see eye to eye so I’m am not going to go where they are and be confronted with these feelings which may end in hostility. It’s not being scared or cowardly or perceived as soft. It’s about being intelligent and cautious. The ability to side step several situations and circumstances is a great proponent to know yourself. Also in knowing me I know what I need to work on. I know my flaws on every angle so I can do my best to fix them. Just like in AA meetings the 1st step is admittance, and then you can go about changing whatever blemish you may be retaining.
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” – August Wilson
A lot of people use the catchphrase “to know me is to love me” and this could be true but it generally talks about another person. When turning this truism inward it garners introspection. The greatest Love you should have apart from your offspring and God is a strong staunch and unrelenting love for yourself. Many beg the quandary: “How can I love you when I don’t even love myself?” And just like in a relationship it takes knowledge of self and acceptance to love YOU. Also the same as in a relationship it takes time, work, and support of you in finding yourself. I LOVE ME BECAUSE I KNOW ME, JUST AS YOU LOVE ME BECAUSE YOU KNOW ME.
“You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.” – Anonymous
I think the greatest and most profound thing I’ve gained from knowing myself is that when I fall short I know that God has taken over the rest. I’ve achieved things that my capabilities haven’t been able to, so I know when my abilities stopped his abilities took over. In know those things I know God has my back. There’s greatness in knowing yourself, a freedom, a liberty. You’ll be filled with hindsight and shun doubt. You’ll also gain a handle on how great God is. Find YOU today and get to KNOW that person.
Now off to Sesame Place deuces!!
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