Gretchen Rubin

Secret of Adulthood: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves

Secret of Adulthood: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves

Of everything that I've considered and concluded about happiness and good habits, I think this phrase sums it up best.

We must strive to know ourselves, and accept the truth about ourselves, but at the same time, try to do the best we can.

As Flannery O'Connor put it, "Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better." (Letter, December 9, 1961, quoted in The Habit of Being.)

Agree, disagree?

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