Aha Moments: A Few Reflections on Wellness
Merriam-Webster defines a conformist as “a person who behaves in a way that is considered acceptable by most people and who avoids doing things that could be considered different or unusual.”
As active, contributing members of modern-day society, we are all conformist to a certain degree. Conforming to societal expectations allows us to live harmoniously with others. But if we conform 100% to everything, everyday, we can lose ourselves.
Is it possible to be an original? An observant student once told me, “Ms. Mitchell, it’s hard to be an individual.” Indeed it is! Because we are so programmed to conforming, it’s easy to lose sight of our true nature.
If you think you are like everyone else, think again. You are unique and special. Consider how identification techniques use fingerprints and iris scans for individual recognition. No one else has your unique qualities! You possess characteristics that set you apart from others.
Although we abide by social norms, we still have the power to create our own lives. We are the scriptwriters with the ability to revise what we have written and turn a fresh page as often as needed. Isn’t that wonderful! Ernest Holmes, a metaphysical teacher, said, “We must do as it is written, but we write it ourselves.”
5 ways to nurture your individuality:
- Maintain a positive attitude about your unique qualities.
- Develop your special talents.
- Communicate honestly with others.
- Be empowered to ask for what you need.
- Regularly give thanks for your special attributes.
Don’t be a mindless conformist. Embrace your unique qualities. Some may consider it risky to express their individuality, but it may be risky not to. Express your essence with love and integrity.
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“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.”—Joseph Campbell
Love, peace and health,
T. Kari Mitchell
Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach
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