This past week, because of a series of family events, funerals and weddings, we had the opportunity to reconnect with cousins, friends and relatives, some of whom we had not seen in decades.
While I have discussed in this space the importance of embracing one’s story, hearing our relatives describe stories from childhood, gave me even more perspective.
Self reflection and understanding of one’s true nature can be more completely fleshed out by knowing how others viewed us in our youth.
We found that fears and dreams are most honestly expressed during childhood.
Before the pressures of “adult” conformity cause us to recreate our sense of self in order to feed our egos, our personalities are a much more accurate representation of our selves.
Here is my suggestions if you find your sense of self a little shaky during adulthood. As a cousin or close friend who knew you during childhood. What was I like as a kid? What were my hopes and dreams? What was I afraid of? What made me laugh uncontrollably?
Answering these questions will not only help you gain an accurate picture of your essential self, it may also help you face how far the pressures of the adult world have forced you to veer from that essential self.
Rediscovering who you are and living in integrity with that truth may be the most important thing you can do to minimize your risk of chronic disease! I wish you good health!
Dr. John Monaco