Just be yourself

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

For years I had a tense relationship with a certain family member. Whenever she visited, I found myself trying to do all I could to please her—to no avail. I ended up worn out and resentful, and we didn’t seem to get any closer as a result of my efforts.

Once when I was worrying aloud to a friend about an upcoming visit, she gently remarked, “Oh, just be yourself.” “Just be myself?” I thought. “What a trite, overused bit of advice that is!” I was already trying to be a super version of myself, and even that wasn’t working.

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