A late post. I was away from my work-space yesterday and had errands to run today. I did not even think about today’s post until 2pm. Then I decided that I would try to do two birds with one stone.
I would do something with a butterfly for a FaceBook group AND have it work for a Motivation Monday quote.
I looked for a motivational quote that involved butterflies and/or change. I found three that I though would work. After some thought I settled on this long one.
“Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.” Andre Gide
Mr. Gide is a French Nobel Peace for Literature winner. He wrote a lot about the human condition with a psychological spin.
I am not sure I agree 100% with this quote. I think it is good to know about yourself. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are, what you can tolerate and what you cannot. I think it is important to know these kinds things about yourself.
I do not think that you should only focus on yourself. You should be able to see how you can improve by interacting with others. You should know how your strengths will help or hinder others. You need to keep an open mind and be able to change your assessment.
You are stuck with yourself, so know about yourself. Just do not get stuck on what you think are your defining traits. You are able to change. Even a mountain can be changed by the wind or water. Know about yourself and then change things you do not like and become better.
Become a butterfly.