To be yourself

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t
need to be accepted by others. You need to
accept yourself.

When you are born a lotus
flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don’t try to be
a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and
recognition and try to change yourself to fit what
other people want you to be, you will suffer all
your life.

True happiness and true power lie in
understanding yourself, accepting yourself,
having confidence in yourself.

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

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