“To Thine Own Self Be True”


Thank you Mr. Shakespeare for this perfect little bit of advice.   Although there are still times when I find  truth elusive, if I slow myself and listen it will wind up in my grasp.  For this I am eternally grateful.

Throughout my time on this beautiful planet I have often found myself in situations that were less than constructive for me.  I know that I’m not alone in this, and as I journey along life’s highway I find that my desire to keep moving forward becomes stronger.  As my commitment to Maureen grows  firmer, I move  more easily away from unhealthy relationships and situations.  I am ever resolute in my desire to be true to myself.

I remember the first time I consciously made use of  “To Thine Own Self Be True.” (It was not in a production of “Hamlet” though at times it did feel tragic.) I was in a situation that was making me extremely unhappy. I was doing my best to pretend that the things I was seeing and feeling weren’t really there, but it was getting harder and harder to do so. Subsequently one morning I found myself standing in my kitchen and praying out loud, “God please help me to be true to myself.”  Within about four months I found the courage to move away from the unhealthy circumstance, even though doing so had an effect on several other people.  It also had a profoundly frightening effect on my financial situation, landing me temporarily on food stamps. I was receiving disconnect notices from the power company and not so friendly letters encouraging me to pay my mortgage.  I was emotionally distraught, very lonely, and  tempted beyond measure to reverse my decision.   

Shortly thereafter my sister Terry began using Young Living Essential Oils.  I wasn’t interested in them at all, but she finally talked me into trying Lavender, a natural anti-inflammatory, on my feet and back.  It worked and I am so very glad, mostly for my son Hank.  I am fortunate to have a naturally open and curious mind, and I began to learn about what these oils and other products from Young Living could do for us. Because of this, and of course a great deal of prayer, Hank is alive and well.

Terry and I are very close.  She knew that my financial situation was dire and so convinced me to try Young Living as a business.  She understood that I must have something that would give me the flexibility I needed in order to remain Hank’s primary care giver and advocate.  Because I listened to her (my gratitude for her knows no bounds) I learned about the power of these products quickly. I became bold in my use of them for Hank. Today I have a son who otherwise would have had his colon removed and with no conventional recourse regarding cancer prevention.  I am healthier than I have ever been, and I have a thriving business that has given us great financial independence.  We have been blessed with some wonderful years.  

It’s hard for me to imagine how my life would look now had I not trusted my instincts and prayed my ‘truth prayer.’ Paying attention to this saying gave me the courage to take some very big risks, and because I did Hank and I have an extremely vibrant and beautiful life.  And I know that I must give the credit to my Higher Power who dropped the seed of that prayer on my heart.  Thank you dear God for giving me the strength, then and now, to stand in my truth.  Thank you for allowing me to grow and become the woman of dignity and honor that I was born to be.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Hank says thank you too.


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