On Self-Knowledge

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom,” wrote AristotleLao Tzu tells us: “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” And from the inscription in the forecourt of the Temple Apollo at Delphi we read: “Know thyself.” It is the starting point of the great leader’s learning journey.

Kahlil Gibran in his book, The Prophet, exquisitely captures the beauty and wisdom of this

And a man said, “Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.”
And he answered, saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.
And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.
Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.”
Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.

Self-knowledge gives great gifts: clarity of purpose, liberation from doubts and fears that limit growth, courage, self-confidence and self-belief and the keys to greater self-love in knowing and accepting the beauty and greatness that is you. Know thyself and embrace these gifts. Take heed from the light-hearted words of Ann Landers, American advice columnist: “Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent weekend!!!

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1 Response to On Self-Knowledge

  1. Jack Beach says:

    The most important person to know is yourself. And, the most difficult person to know is yourself.

    (PS You have to love Ann Landers!)

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