Don’t cheat, if the feelings aren’t there, then you shouldn’t be either.
It seems like I have written a lot lately about the value of being yourself and not what someone else wants you to be. I think when we do allow ourselves to be what we want to be and discover that our critics are not really that important we start to build the confidence to forge ahead. In my case it did not mean doing more but in fact doing less. I dropped the unpleasant stuff and now spend my time on what I want to do as well as using the free time for rest and recreation.
The people that count, myself included, seem to be pleased with the reinvigorated me and I have found that those who are not pleased don’t really count anyway.
Author Emily Myrick wrote more than ten years ago about the value of letting go and not wasting too much time on “Why not” and more time on “Go ahead and do it. Here is what she wrote
LET YOURSELF GO
For anyone who has ever been unsure
The other day my friend told me to let go…. he told me not to be so worried about what I’m doing, or what I look like, but to just let myself go once in awhile. This really got me thinking. Maybe I should let go. Maybe I should do something crazy, just so I can say I did. I’ve got many long years ahead of me, and plenty of time to live a fun and happy life.
Sometimes, an opportunity only knocks at the door once, and if you don’t answer it at that particular moment, then you’ll never get another chance. Life is tough, and most of the time we spend our days wondering why things go the way they do.
After thinking for awhile I’m finally realizing that maybe thinking about this so much, is wasting the time in which we could be going out and making the days go better. We’re wasting the time we have here on Earth. By attempting to figure out why life goes the way it does, we lose time when we could be having fun, and living our lives to the fullest.
We are only here for a short amount of time. An average of 70-100 years seems long, but it goes faster then we realize. It’s so incredibly important to live every day to it’s fullest potential. When you’re 87 years old and laying on your death bed, do you want to look back and think of things that you wished you had done?
I don’t know about you but I want to look back and remember all the times when I let myself go, and had fun. I want to remember the times when I actually let myself be open to try new things, and open the door to wonderful opportunities.
Life is only wonderful if you leave yourself open to be part of it. Think about it.
Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.
Daphne Rose Kingma
A salesman, tired of his job, gave it up to become a policeman. Several months later, a friend asked him how he liked his new role. “Well,” he replied, “the pay is good and the hours aren’t bad, but what I like best is that the customer is always wrong.”
I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.
A very nervous man, accompanied by his nagging wife, was examined by a doctor. After checking the chart, he nodded and wrote the man a prescription for a powerful tranquilizer. The man asked, “How often do I take these.”
“Let’s start off with once every six hours. But they’re not for you.” replied the doctor. “They’re for your wife.”
I’ve changed my mind a dozen times. It seems to work better now.
[a] The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
[b] On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
[c] Conclusion: Eat what you like. It’s speaking English that kills you.
“My doctor grabbed me by the wallet and said, ‘Cough!'”
While waiting for my first appointment in the reception room of a new dentist, I noticed his certificate, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered that a tall, handsome boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 50 years ago. Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was too old to have been my classmate. After he had examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Central high school.
“Yes,” he replied.
“When did you graduate?” I asked.
He answered, “In 1952.”
“Why, you were in my class!” I exclaimed.
He looked at me closely and then asked, “What did you teach?”
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
There were two couples who played golf together regularly at their club, and on the sixth hole, a par four, the second shot to the green must carry 80 yards over water. One of the women, Mrs. Nesmith, for over a year, could never carry the water, and would always hit into it, totally psyched out by the presence of the water. Her friend in the group suggested that she might want to see a hynotherapist that could be of help in this situation. So the woman went to a hypnotherapist for four sessions.
During the sessions, the woman was hypnotized and the therapist would “plant suggestions” that when playing the second shot on the sixth hole, she would not see water, but rather a plush green fairway leading all the way up to the green.
Six months pass and a golfer at the club asked “Whatever happened to Mrs. Nesmith? She hasn’t been playing golf at the club for almost four months now.” The golfer was informed that five months earlier, Mrs. Nesmith had drowned at the par four sixth!!!
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
Tao Te Ching
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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