Posted by: Cathy | July 2, 2018

Do you have your own back?

I’ve been pushing values and personal alignment recently and this quote encapsulates my reasoning.

Louise Hay: “Until you have your own back in the world, you can’t really be your authentic self with other people.”

You can be yourself with your best friends because you probably have similar values and interests. Day to day, though, we may not work or interact with only our best friends.

If you let external environments (work, family, etc.) change who you are, your values, or your interests, you will feel deeply unsatisfied. For various reasons, though, you may need to stay in a restrictive work environment or keep relationships with discordant family members. This is why it’s important for us to do our creative work every day, to keep our creative muscles warm in less-than-ideal environments, so they don’t atrophy. Creativity is our armor, it keeps us strong and centered.

If you work a job you don’t love, try to do your creative projects before work, at lunch, or as soon as you get home. If you need to spend time with a difficult personality, try to do a little creative work before or right after you talk to them.

By doing your creative work, you protect yourself; you surround yourself with love and imagination. You have your own back when you do your creative projects.
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