Pink should go with purple

Pink should go with purple
"Should" and "shouldn't" - two small words but with such power.

As my daughter was choosing her clothes this morning she came out with the statement "Pink should go with purple" and I found myself thinking how sad it was that even at four she is constrained in her choice of which colours to wear together by this sense of "should".

How much of what we become is a result of all the "should"s and "shouldn't"s we have picked up on our way through life? Indeed, how difficult it is to define ourselves in any other ways. I know I for one find it very difficult to work out what I really think independant of my conditioning.

I refer again to James Allen's great phrase - "Circumstances don't make the man - they reveal him". How many of us are living the lives other people think we should be living rather than the lives we could be living?