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Be who you are and say what you feel, because in the end those who matter don’t mind and those that mind don’t matter.

Theodor Seuss Geisel

Love this.

Don’t you?

Basically, be yourself, says Dr. Seuss.

And he says that those that have a problem with that, well, by definition they don’t matter.  In other words, people that take offense when we are being ourselves, how could they possibly be important to us?

And then there are those that don’t take offense when we are ourselves.  They accept us, as we are.  Who we are.  How we are.

How could they not matter to us!

The inimitable Dr. Seuss has given us a quote that is so matter of fact!  That’s the way it reads, doesn’t it? — Be who you are and say what you feel.  Those that matter don’t mind.  Those that mind, don’t matter.

But not so fast.  Do you see what I did there?

I skipped the most important part.

“… in the end” is the killer phrase.

In the end, those that matter don’t mind.  In the end, those that mind don’t matter.

In the end; as in when all is said and done.

Oh boy.

What does this mean, exactly?

I think it means that we need to be ourselves — to be true to ourselves — all the time, with everyone.  Regardless of what they want, or what they think, or what they do.

It means that eventually we will come to know who matters and who doesn’t by if they mind or not.  But if we’re not ourselves, we’ll never be able to tell!

Which means our being ourselves comes first.  That’s required.

If we want to know.

But knowing is not what matters!

What matters is that we are ourselves.

Ironically, you being you — and me being me — makes us like Theodor Seuss Geisel.


Be who you are, and say what you feel.

In the end, that matters.