What E’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part
I love self-help books. I know, it probably sounds crazy, but I love learning from the experiences of others, which is how a lot of self-help books are created. Experience is the best teacher after all, right?
Experience and learning are crucial to understanding. See, understanding doesn’t come until we apply something we’ve learned. It is the wisdom after experience.
Even the immortal Shakespeare, with his melancholy tragedies, and brilliant comedies, understood, probably better than anyone of his time, how we are what we do. We think, we act, we become. He said “What e’er thou art, act well thy part. He was not talking about the performance of an actor, but the simple yet profound principle that the person we are is shaped from who we THINK we are, and how we act because of those thoughts. In essence, if we want to be a certain way, our thoughts and actions will take us there.
Our journey towards becoming healthy doesn’t begin with good health, it begins with a mindful recognition that something needs to change. I’m not talking change, like: “When I lose weight, then I’ll feel good about myself.” Or, “When I buy a new car, then I’ll be happy”. Time and time again we try this pattern, and we fail to see the end result. Why? Because when are happiness is conditional on HAVING something first, we have not become the person that can sustain the habits necessary to reach our goals. We will always be reaching for something we aren’t ready to have.