Here is another essay from Dr. Robert Goldwyn (full references below). It shows his sense of humor.
Be More Than You Are
Many years ago, I heard the legendary Mario Gonzalez-Ulloa exhort his audience with the words: Be More Than You Are. After the ovation, he left the auditorium but what he said has remained. I am still pondering its meaning. In the heat of the moment, the message seemed clear: rise above your perceived talents and personality; go beyond your supposed limitations, as did, for example, Schindler under more terrible circumstances.
In this world, where the haves possess much materially and little spiritually, a desperate need exists for guidance. Gurus, usually self-proclaimed, flourish in the vacuum. Some grow obscenely rich. Society seizes their utterances, which may be sentient or zany or both. The trick is to say something that combines the obscure and the obvious, the true and the false. If it has an inner contradiction (Be More Than You Are), it will stimulate thought or, at least, bewilderment.
Here are a few; readers will likely supply better ones.
Anticipate yourself (or, Be before you are.).
Live in the present, but remain in the past.
A door can be open or closed.
We forget what we cannot remember.
Be extraordinary in an ordinary way.
Remember who you are even though it is of no consequence.
There are three steps to everything: one, two, three.
Be yourself but not quite yourself.
This may be the end, but it could be the beginning.
So do any of you have an inner guru? What “advise” or “wisdom” would you give to us?
Be More Than You Are; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 103(1):299, January 1999; Goldwyn, Robert M.
Be More Than You Are; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 114():136, October 2004; Goldwyn, Robert M.