The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving
Embracing the Power of Paradox in Your Life

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Introduction to


Celebrate Yourself and
Honor Your Own Voice

Insist on yourself; never imitate. . . .
Do that which is assigned to you, and you
cannot hope too much or dare too much.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Honoring our own voices and choices is not easy in a world that presents us with more voices and choices than ever. To do so, we must resist the tide that would pull us along with the crowd. And to do that, we must learn to celebrate who we are. While life provides us with mentors and role models to guide us along the way, in the end we must depart from all mentors and models. Their path may not be our path, and their final destination may not be our own. The sages say that our job is not to become our teachers, parents, friends, or advisors, but to become ourselves. Often the hardest part of that equation is learning to trust the process, savor the moments, and fall back in love with who we are.

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