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"The Day I Met Myself: A Journey of Self-Discovery"

Have you ever truly met yourself? Yes, I know it sounds like a strange question. You might be thinking I must have had a glass of wine before writing this post—though, I assure you, I haven't. However, that doesn't seem like a bad idea; IYKYK, ha!



But seriously, have you? I'm not talking about knowing your name, your job or profession, or the role you play in your family or friend circle. I'm referring to something much deeper than those surface-level identifiers. I'm talking about the profound truths that lie beneath the surface and influence how you present yourself to the world. These truths can be confronting and uncomfortable, yet addressing them properly can lead to significant and positive change.

I recently had an encounter with myself when I awakened one day to the realization that I had experienced more days of sad, frustrated, and hurt tears than days of joy that filled my soul and relationships. I looked up and became aware that my life had deviated so far from the center and all I had planned for it, that I no longer recognized myself. Even in the midst of what could have been considered good, I had lost all motivation to contribute to the elevation of my life. The most disappointing fact was that I wasn't fully aware of the reasons behind this slow and steady decline. It was like watching the slow reshaping of a rock consistently beaten by water and air. You see it has changed, but the process is so gradual that it slips from your conscious mind. I was hyper-focused on making things happen, instead of being willing to surrender. I tried to force things to fit my life and who I thought I was or needed to be. Thankfully, I am now on the mend by intentionally surrendering to my Heavenly Father and letting Him guide me.

The Importance of Knowing Yourself

Understanding yourself deeply is vital for personal growth and fulfillment. When you embark on the journey of self-discovery, you begin to understand your true desires, fears, strengths, and weaknesses. This knowledge is empowering. Tina Lifford wisely said, "When you know yourself, you are empowered. When you accept yourself, you are invincible." This quote highlights the dual power of self-awareness and self-acceptance. Knowing yourself allows you to make decisions that align with your true nature, rather than conforming to external expectations. Accepting yourself, with all your imperfections and strengths, provides a foundation of inner peace and confidence that cannot be easily shaken by external circumstances.

Steps for Self-Discovery

  1. Introspection and Reflection: Spend time alone, away from distractions, to reflect on your life. Journaling can be a powerful tool to help articulate your thoughts and feelings. Ask yourself deep questions about your desires, fears, and motivations.


Seek Feedback from Others: Sometimes, we are blind to our own behaviors and patterns. Trusted friends, family members, or mentors can offer valuable insights into how they perceive you. Listen to their feedback with an open mind.



friends laughing and talking on the sofa
I am my sister's keeper

Explore Your Passions and Interests: Engaging in activities that you are passionate about can reveal aspects of your personality and what truly makes you happy. This can also guide you toward your life’s purpose.


woman sitting in reflection in the nountains while exploring her interests; trying something new
expanding the knowledge of self; interests and passions

Face Your Fears and Embrace Vulnerability: Confronting your fears and allowing yourself to be vulnerable can be transformative. It’s often in these moments of vulnerability that you discover your true strength and resilience.



woman being actively present in her vulnerability and with herself
Releasing inhibition caused by fear and rigidity


Practice Mindfulness and Meditation: Mindfulness practices help you stay present and aware of your thoughts and emotions without judgment. Meditation can help you connect with your inner self and gain clarity about who you are.


woman practicing mindfulness and stillness in nature
I am centered, grounded and connected with myself

Embracing the Journey

The journey of self-discovery is ongoing. Life is ever-changing, and so are we. Regular self-reflection helps us stay aligned with our evolving values and goals. By committing to this lifelong journey, we ensure that we are always growing, learning, and becoming the best version of ourselves. It's not about reaching a final destination but about continuously evolving and becoming more attuned to our true selves. In this relentless pursuit of self-knowledge, we find fulfillment and purpose.

In conclusion, meeting yourself isn't a one-time event but a continuous process of introspection, reflection, and growth. By understanding and accepting the essence of who you are, you empower yourself to live a more authentic, purposeful, and fulfilling life.

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