"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."
Listen to my thoughts about Aristotles' free inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite part of West Yorkshire, this time Greenhead Park, Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.
What I Wonder...
(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)
So, as I say in the video - I hope you remembered to play the video! - this Aristotle inspirational quote is all about the importance of knowing who you are. Because once you know what's going on for you, what's really going on for you in your core, then and only then can you truly know what, if anything, needs to change.
So, in the example I share about myself I have sadness, and I felt sad the day I filmed this video. Yes, there is a deep sadness in me the causes of which I have yet to unravel.
Now most of the time, in the past, I shut myself off from this sadness - sadness is 'wrong', or shameful - and I pretend (like lots of people out there, I guess) that all is well in the world of Steve.
And most times I get away with it, too.
But every now and then, the sadness returns - my mood changes, ever so subtly, and there is a 'disturbing' darkness in me.
All I know about this sadness - which is neither wrong nor right, it just is - is that it must be acknowledged, and accepted, for it to be eventually transformed (I hope).
But transformation can never occur whilst I am in denial of how things are for me...
Now I'm not suggesting that you also have this sadness in you, or that there is anything disturbing in you at all.
What I am suggesting is the benefit of truly knowing what's going on with you, though, of listening to your body and your mood - and of being okay with what you find.
Aristotle's wisdom is just another way of saying that you cannot plot a path to where you want to go WITHOUT knowing where you are right now.
And of course that makes perfect sense, doesn't it. How can you go to Paris for the weekend (ooh, how I wish!) if you don't know whether you're starting out in London, Leeds, Louisiana or some other place beginning with L!
I mean, you might already be in Paris. And wouldn't you feel a bit daft planning a trip to the place you already where. Daft or smug, maybe!
Anyway, that's what Aristotle's inspirational quote means to me. But I'd love to know how his words feel for you, too.
So please share your wisdom, your thoughts, regarding this Aristotle inspirational quotation! :-)