Today you are you!
That is truer
There is no one alive
who is you-er
Dr. Seuss states a profound truth in a lighthearted way. Every person is a totally unique and unrepeatable being! Just as everyone's fingerprints are different, and therefore can identify them physically, each person is completely unique in a myriad of ways: physically, emotionally, mentally, creatively.
So many people feel inadequate and not good enough as they compare themselves mercilessly to others ( or conversely may feel superior, which is simply the flip side of the same comparing "coin.") Whole lives are wasted in self-criticism and mental/emotional flagellation. So much mental and emotional energy is wasted on self-hate and self-doubt which often leads to depression, anxiety, and addictions.
Research has shown that most of the thoughts we have throughout the day are repetitive, and consequently many people fill much of their day feeling bad about themselves. Can you imagine what life would be like if you didn't doubt or hate yourself for even a minute, if you didn't live with shame (which is a feeling of not being good enough, of worthlessness). What would life be like if each person truly valued themselves and their unique gifts, skills, contributions, creativity and also valued the same in everyone else?
I encourage you to spend a day ( or an hour, or five minutes or even one minute) appreciating your uniqueness as a human being, appreciating the qualities that make you uniquely you.
Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley