Regardless of what your life has been in the past, accept yourself for who you are today. That doesn’t mean that you intend to stay as you are or that you don’t have room for improvement. It simply means that you acknowledge your value as a unique human being. No one else in the world has exactly what you have to offer. A Hasidic master named Rabbi Zusya once pondered the issue:  “If they ask me in the next world, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ I will know the answer. But if they ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?’ I will have nothing to say.”

Your greatest calling in life is to be true to who you are. You were born to be yourself and no one else. Accepting yourself can have a profound effect on your physical and psychological health. Besides being more comfortable in your own skin, you will be more at ease with others, which will pave the way to deeper and more meaningful relationships. You’ll also be able to face challenges more confidently without the constant pressure of having to prove that you are enough.

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