“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love this quote from Emerson and understood it with greater depth as it reconnected me with one of my personal Core Values -originality.
It reminds me that it is my natural state to follow my own mind – my own unique ideas. Personally, I know I struggle when I try to do things like
others. In these instances, I feel like
I am not being my authentic self. Sometimes,
I have found myself conforming or doing something “the way it’s always been done”, because it seems quicker or easier.
I don’t have to face the truth or something that may take me to my learning edge if I do things in a rote way. I do not have to make time to enter the “classroom” of silence to know more clearly the path to choose. In these moments, I know I am not realizing the sacredness of my own mind and
spirit. With this quote, I am reminded
to continue to trust and tap that potential – the beautiful, unique spark of Life within me.
A friend and mentor of mine encouraged me to find a picture of myself when I was a child and put it somewhere I would see it everyday. The picture you see above is me at age 4, and it now lives on my desk.
I keep it in front of me, because sometimes I forget who I am in the midst of my busy days. Of course I am a dentist, but the truth is, deep down – I am still that little girl. That same bright spirit, eager to
live fully, and embrace life. All Iwanted then was to be loved, accepted and understood. What do I want now? If I answer honestly, I’m not sure the
answers are different.
When I see her picture it makes it really easy for me to forgive myself for all the times I came up short and for the mistakes I’ve made along the way. I see her innocence when I look at this picture, and remember I am truly doing the best I can with what
So I have this picture on my desk – to help me remember who I am and what I really want from life.
What I’ve learned – it also reminds me of the truth about others – you, my patients, family and friends.
Beneath the layers of life, lie our bright spirits.
I am at my best – in patient interactions and with my friends and family- when I can see others for who they truly are. I think E.E. Cummings said it best when he said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
I wish you my very best in your journey.