“Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates
This is a simple quote I (yes, somehow) have memorized. I love it because of its simplicity and also because of its truth and power.
I am all for the first impression. I think it instantly frames perceptions, true or untrue. I’ve met so many people in my life who have made terrible first impressions. It kills me because it’s not even something that is all that hard to do.
My natural tendencies lean towards being a little more on the quiet side, but I have enough enthusiasm & sarcasm in me that people tend to assume I’m this highly energetic, outgoing individual.
On Saturday night, I was heading into Lady Antebellum and was meeting up with a few people, two who I’ve never met until that night. I had no water throughout the day and was at the fair for far too many hours. The last person I wanted to be was peppy Em and I seriously struggled to gather some energy, regardless of how excited I was to see Lady A.
I remember the quote above in those situations because I’m like “oh yeah I get to be whoever I want right now” and it typically motivates me to be my best self because why would I want to introduce myself as anything less? And it’s not that I care so much about what people think about me, rather I find it incredibly important to be present with people, acknowledge them in some way, shape or form and not focus on me me me.
Being as I wish to seem means I have the power to choose confidence, compassion and curiosity wherever I am. The world needs people who wish to seem caring, present, selfless and (insert another positive word here).
Mindful Mondays are my way of taking 30-60 minutes to empower myself, whoever chooses to read these silly posts and stop whatever busyness is consuming me so I can reflect.
Today, I wish to seem _____________________________________. If you think it enough, you will become it.
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