What we think of ourselves is vitally important to the success of any endeavor. We move forward or backwards grounded in our own estimation of self. Or at least we think we do. However, many times those judgments are not based on who we think we are, but instead fall into the category of 'who others think we are'. We all know that someone else's opinion is of little consequence in our daily lives, yet, we rely on these external views, real or imagined, to fortify our public demeanor and actions.
Much of this reaction to exterior views has to do with age and maturity which follows a basic psychological pattern sometimes referred to as the 20 - 40 - 60 rule.
At 20, your life revolves around an obsession of what others think of you.
At 40, you begin to not care what others think of you.
And at 60, you realize that when you were 20, you really weren't being judged at by anyone but yourself.
We have reached a time and space in the Universe where we need to all be 60.
We need to define our lives, our spirituality. Naturally, the older we get, the more we understand our vulnerabilities, the more we want to discover our attachment to the Divine. Many don't even begin a spiritual search until they have raised a family, conquered the business world and finally found the time to do some inner exploration. But, it is never too late, or to early, to explore one's personal relationship with Creation.
Take a moment, no matter what your age, to be 60.