There's this quote from Aristotle about excellence.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
I literally sat there, and I wholeheartedly agreed.
It makes me think about something. In these past few months, I've heard the most flattering compliments. For example, "I hope hanging out with you will rub your goodness off of me." And it made me laugh. :) I am no different than you. And also, I don't feel any different in this present moment. I feel like ME. But that's because I've gotten used to the feel of confidence, and the feel of my own skin. I like it, and it's home.
But I forget. I forget that I've made confidence a habit. I've made excellence a habit. And people forget, that they too, can make excellence a habit. They forget they too can become their own example, and make it a habit that others will emulate.
As I forget, I remember again. The human mind is beautiful. Most are designed to remember certain things that we focus on, while the unimportant are deleted. What you wore 5 years ago on this very day is not important. Also, the embarrassing moment you had on the elevator where you saw an acquaintance and called them the wrong name, is a memory best forgotten and moved forward from. However, I believe our minds can separate the truly unimportant from the important. The past that I keep with me is designed to be a reminder, not an anchor that keeps me from flowing freely into the present.