We all love this piece of advice;
“Be willing to give up what you are for what you can become.”
An adaptation of Albert Einstein’s “I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”
It resonates perfectly with our innate drive to become ‘better’, to do ‘better’, to become something or someone ‘more’ than we are in the present moment.
Even the inclusion of the images of the caterpillar and the butterfly is symbolic of our profound innate potential & desire for metamorphosis.
Being the semantOphile that I am, (could I be willing to give ‘that’ up? ),
and ardent Truth-Seeker that I am,
(definitely not willing to give ‘that’ up! ),
I would make a few subtle changes to the syntax;
“Be willing to give up ‘who you think’ you are
for ‘who’ you can become.”
Some may ask, is this pedantry really necessary, or helpful? (Albert Einstein is probably LOLing in his grave!).
Let’s break it down.
“What” I am is a human-being. Although some may go so far as to say I am a spiritual being having a human experience.
In all probability, the likelihood of me being able to give up the ‘what I am’ of ‘being a human’ is pretty slim, no matter how hard I try.
Now, “who I believe” I am as a human-being, that perspective definitely has wings (excuse the pun ).
And being willing to give up “who I believe” I am as a human being for “who” I can become as a human being is a continual process of metamorposis
Who do you “believe” you are,
that if you gave up that belief,
could give you wings?
(One of my own limiting and disempowering beliefs about “who” I am is that I am “a burden”; but that’s a story for another post!)
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