A Great quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson has a wonderful and extremely relevant quote in regards to personal development IMHO:
What you are shouts so loudly in my ears that I cannot hear what you say.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Closely related to that…
“I cannot hear what you say for the thunder of what you are.”
– old Zulu proverb
What I understand from these quotes…
… if we want to change ourselves, we need to work from the inside out. However, this approach to change and improve takes time, in fact, it takes considerable time and effort. But this is also the only way to make changes to ourselves effectively and allow us to keep them permanently. This is something we must understand.
My observation in this age and era is that frequently, people look to improve themselves but what they seek are in fact only “quick fixes” that do not last. I see this from people in search for a better body where they rely medication and limiting of food intake but not together with exercise, to people relentlessly looking to boost their skill sets such as by trying to improve their communication skill where they seek superficial techniques but with no genuine desire to listen (and “listening” is a major part of communication, some research/references even claim it as 80-90%).
When we understand this, and with patience and perseverence, change and improvement to ourselves are no longer impossible goals.
Originally posted 2007-05-16 23:58:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter