Tuesday, August 10

"Who you are is enough"


This simple but forceful quotation came from Maisey's Attic who in turn got it from Beauty That Moves who heard it from her yoga teacher.
(Without tracing a family tree, that's about as far back as I can go!)

Perhaps its a "woman thing" but am I alone in having spent too many years trying to be all things to all people, probably quite unsuccessfully?

Those who are truly important love us whatever.
One of the upsides of getting older (and I'm discovering there are more than I originally thought) is finding that the rest don't actually matter.

Now why didn't I realise that before?

22 comments:

winnibriggs said...

Hi Elaine
O how true, came by to agree about the recipe book comment. I only check the ingredients when I'm making for someone else. When its just us we do get 'something like' the recipe but not necessarily how its meant to be. (And I probably dont have the most important ingredient). I too have tried to be everything to everyone and never really been happy. Now I'm (much) older they take me as I am or not at all! I think some people are a bit surprised when I now say No to things I don't want to do....It does feel good though!
Jenny x

Heidi said...

How true is that, I don't know why we are so hard on ourselves and I'm my worst critic...It's so nice to know other people feel the same way!
Have a great day!

Sherri B. said...

I sure need to hear that....now if I can just believe it.

Emma said...

Totally agree with that...x

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

Very thought provoking & oh so true x

Country Cottage Chic said...

That is profound & very true!

Menopausal musing said...

"Hear, hear, Winnibrigs!".

The quote is a very sensible one. I am with you with the getting older thing and being a bit more selective/objective.

Jee said...

Do so agree about getting older - what makes you happy and content may not fit he next person's requirements at all. I don't think this is the same as assuming that age gives one an excuse to have everything one's own way at the expense of other people's happiness though - nor do I think that's what you mean! (It's just a comment based on bitter experience.)
I think the moment you realise you can't really be anyone but yourself is the first big step away from trying to please everyone by meeting their expectations in deference to your own.
As you say those who love us do so because of who we are and the rest don't matter.

Gena said...

Too true Elaine! and I do agree getting older has had the very same effect on me xx

shirley said...

I love you because you were my wedding planner and you made me a "Country Living" chic wedding buffet! And......I got to wear your 19th century French bejewelled crown as the cards were read out ( shame I had to give it you back though!!)I wonder if your readers know what a gorgeous country wedding stylist you are?
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Kim said...

WooHoo~you are a smart one and smart enough to write it out loud!
Love to you and Kit! Woo Hoo

Poppy's Place said...

Hi Elaine, What you say is exactly true, I feel as if I have spent my life trying to please everybody and all of a sudden you do realise as you get older it's not really possible. So now I just concentrate on those closest to me. Jane xx

bad penny said...

Brilliant. Resonates with me at the moment.

Sylvia said...

Beautiful words and true !
A lot of things must happen before we realise that.
Nice evening,
Sylvia

Country Style Living said...

So true!

sandiart said...

We all need to know and embrace this from birth, cos it is so true. Thank you from one woman to another for re-reminding me that who I am is enough.
Happy days
Sandi xx

ted and bunny said...

wow...I hadn't realised this would strike such a chord.

I think Sylvia sums it up when she says "A lot of things must happen before we realise that"
and I think Em and Sherri hit the nail on the head COMPLETELY when they say "I sure need to hear that....now if I can just believe it"

Thanks girls!
xx

ted and bunny said...

ps...sorry, I meant to put thanks ALL you girls (for your kind comments) and Shirley- you know your wedding party was my pleasure to do but boy, was I relieved to get the crown back at the end! (Happy nearly-one-year-anniversary xx)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Great quote and so so sooooo true! Have a happy Wednesday. xx

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

a lovely saying!!!

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

How true, you can't please everybody all the time. I just choose to please a select few nowadays and please myself the rest. As women we need to be kinder to ourselves something we seem to find rather hard to do.
Debbie

Sue said...

Couldn't agree more and also with everyone's comments.

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