Self-Awareness Month: September
Since 1998 Cathcart.com has sponsored September as “International Self-Awareness Month.” (See Chase’s Calendar of Events) This endeavor is to place a spotlight on the value of knowing yourself. Taking Socrates’ advice, “Know Thyself” as the impetus, we want to encourage everyone to explore what makes them who they are and how that came to be.
The more fully you know yourself the less likely you will be to judge yourself. And the less you judge yourself the less you will judge others. The wonderful payoff of being less judgemental is increased acceptance of both yourself and others.
Acceptance is the essence of love. The antithesis of love is not hatred, it is indifference. When we judge others we become indifferent to them and therefore we neglect and ignore them. This is the starting point of discrimination and bigotry.
The true value of a person is not found in their race, gender, age, education, or skills. It is found in their spirit and their potential for contribution. Everyone has the ability to make positive contributions to the world and therefore everyone is valuable. Even you. Take the advice of Jim Cathcart’s book The Acorn Principle and know yourself in order to grow yourself.
Once you discover the wonderful elements of your values, intellect, background imprint, behavioral style, personal velocity and sense of purpose, then you will begin to truly appreciate and treasure who you are. That is the starting point of Self-Awareness.
Self-Awareness leads to Others-Awareness and then to the acceptance of and caring about others. How do you make the world a better place? Get to know yourself and make a better you.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: We encourage you to organize your own activities around this theme. Hold seminars, workshops, group discussions, book reader reviews, parlor discussions, etc. focused on helping people see and feel the importance of knowing themselves better. Publish a recommended reading list. Organize outings to bookstores or attend a seminar or lecture as a group and discuss the topics afterwards. Write congratulatory letters to those who seem to advance this cause. Start a journal with observations about yourself. Ask, “why is that so?” “How did I develop that quality?” “Is this part of my nature or something I’ve learned?” Celebrate self-awareness and please pass it on!
In the Spirit of Growth,
Jim Cathcart http://cathcart.com