“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
I don’t really know who Lao-Tzu is, and I am sure I should read up on him, but right now I just want to talk about this quote.
Thing is, I don’t know how to do what he tells me to do in the quote. On one hand I believe that a person should constantly be developing themselves and learning and changing. A Dutch proverb says “Stilstaan is achteruitgang”, which roughly translates to “To stand still is to regress”.
The thing is, I am always trying to change aspects of myself because I don’t consider myself succesful where I am right now, but every change is a battle and I feel like some changes are impossible without me somehow becoming content with my current state in that area…and I can’t seem to do that. I think self acceptance is an important factor in good mental health but I don’t know how to get from A to B, and I also fear that might I reach contentness over myself, the incentive to reinvent and better myself will be gone.
I don’t know how much sense this makes :/