Affirmative Prayer: Doing Only Me

Phew!  My book went to the layout gal late last night.  I have a new understanding of the phrase, “nose to the grindstone” and very little nose at the moment!  I am happy, dizzy, proud and in desperate need of getting over to the park to lay on the ground and stare at the clouds.

So, before I dash off, I offer you one of my favorite pieces from the book . . .

Doing Only Me

As the sunflower does not
give a thought to behaving like the begonia,
As the grizzly bear never does
what only the salmon can do,
So, I too,
Do only me.

I need not imitate,
I need not strive,
I need not worry or fret.
As long as I follow
My own instincts,
My own knowing,
My own heart,
My own mind,
My own body,
My own Spirit,
My own Divine energy.

I know I am fully me as I feel energized,
I know I am less than me as I feel drained.

I naturally move toward energizing.
I naturally move away from draining.

As the sunflower naturally looks toward the sun
And the begonia naturally thrives in the shade.

As the flowers do not tell themselves
That they “should” be able to thrive in the shade
when they need the sun,
Or try to thrive in the sun
when its rays cause them to wilt,
I, too, allow myself to thrive where I thrive,
Without trying to make myself engage
in that which drains me.  

Affirmative prayer, spiritual growth of doing only me.

As the sunflower stands tall, leaning into the sun, so we too must stand tall, leaning into whatever causes us to thrive . . .

As the sunflower does not
give a thought to behaving like the begonia,
As the grizzly bear never does
what only the salmon can do,
So, I too,
Do only me.

Excerpted from my forthcoming book, “Thriving Work: 90 days of daily practice for transforming you and your coaching, consulting or healing business.”  Copyright 2011.

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Ann Strong, founder of Strong from Within and Thriving Coaches.

Author of Thriving Work.


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