The best people I know…
control their tempers
laugh at themselves
believe they are no less or no more valuable than anyone else
are generous with their thoughts and words
The world is filled with nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.
What if those of us who walk around pathetically muttering to ourselves said only kind and productive things to ourselves instead?
What if we recognized the demeaning muttering for what it really is: unproductive babble?
Hope doesn’t mutter. It smiles instead.
Love doesn’t mutter. It boldly urges us on.
Joy doesn’t mutter. It sings.
Self-talk matters. The right self-talk doesn’t mutter.
Comedian Kevin Hart’s autobiography is brutally honest, often inappropriate but surprisingly full of insight. I might not agree with someone’s sexual irresponsibility or how often they use the “F” word, but, wow, I can still appreciate their journey and learn from their tenacity.
Kevin’s ability to start over after screwing-up is inspiring. Instead of wallowing in his failure, he reminds himself, “It’s just a chapter in my life, not the whole story,” and makes necessary adjustments. That’s how he became an “overnight success” (after sixteen years of stand-up).
- Laughing at ourselves keeps things in perspective.
- Authenticity is our most valuable asset.
- Nothing is wasted. All of our story has value.
- It’s not over until it’s over. Hang in there.
- “Working hard doesn’t mean you can play stupid.”
(“God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.” – J.G. Holland)
I always thought it would be a lot easier if God would do that.
Growing up, I was mostly a quitter, a cry-baby, and a whiner. My first response to a challenge was to complain and make excuses. The concept “never-give-up” was foreign to me. I repeatedly whined to God, “Why do things have to be so difficult?”
I now understand, that the Universe was desperately trying to help me find and claim my own capabilities and my own power.
Learning that I am stronger than I ever imagined has been a total surprise to me…and a great relief to those who were throwing the food in my nest to shut me up.