I have been reminded more than once recently, through church sermons, my yoga practice and in recreational readings, of the importance of being true to ourselves. God created each of us to a unique purpose, with unique gifts, talents and interests to serve one another for the greater good of the whole. How often do we talk harshly to ourselves, reminding ourselves of our faults, flaws and mistakes? How often do we compare ourselves to others, hoping to change to be like someone else? How often do we focus on the successes of others only to ignore our own? Do you ever think what an insult to our Creator? He created us to be wonderful, loving, caring, creative individuals to do good. Each of us different to offer something unique to the world. When we try to be someone else, when we deny who we are, it’s like telling God you didn’t do a good enough job with me, I know better & I want to be like that. Then you put forth some degree of effort to change? How’s that working for you? I believe we can grow to be better versions of ourselves, but I don’t think we can change who God created us to be. What we love, what we are most passionate about, what we are gifted at, what our hearts and spirits desire is, this is our truth. We may find others who share in our passions and heartfelt desires but no one who can express it in the exact same way. God needs us all and he wants us to be different. Love and embrace who you are and give the gift of you to the world!