George Andersen

Philosophical Counselor

Archive for January, 2017

09 January

On our uniqueness

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Some of the people I counsel mention that they would like to work on their self-esteem. They noticed that low self-esteem slows the improvement of their character. They compare themselves to others and sometimes judge themselves to be inadequate, inferior, or awkward. One way in which one could increase their self-esteem is to appreciate their own uniqueness.

In his book “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”, John O’Donohue wrote this thought on uniqueness:

“No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.”