I’m currently reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, You Learn by Living and I really like it. There are some parts that I don’t necessarily agree with so far but I LOVED this chapter entitled “The Difficult Art of Maturity”.

So- Thoughts of the day brought to you by Eleanor Roosevelt on maturity:

You must understand truthfully what makes you do things or feel things. Until you have been able to face the truth about yourself you cannot be really sympathetic or understanding in regard to what happens to other people

The knowledge of how little you can do alone teaches you humility

Once you understand your limitations you are able to sit and listen to praise and feel quite detached, as though you were looking at the picture of someone else

Life teaches you that you cannot attain real maturity until you are ready to accept this hard knowledge, this limitation in yourself, and make the difficult adjustment. Either you must learn to allow someone else to meet the need, without bitterness or envy, and accept it; or somehow you much make yourself learn to meet it.

If you refuse to do it, you will become dishonest with yourself, making a pretense that the limitation is not there (ego), that you have not failed. But the situation has remained unsolved and the deception fools only yourself