July 14, 2017
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
I know many talented people, I bet you do too. The other day I had breakfast with one who is especially gifted. He is creative and is skilled in the use of language. That’s the good news, the bad news is that he does not share his gifts with others.
My friend while being a skilled writer has let his concern for how his works would be accepted has actually kept much of his work to himself. He also is unhappy that he lets his concerns keep us from enjoying what he creates. I know other writers not nearly as talented who never hold back. The sad part is he will never know how much we would appreciate his works if he would just let us see them.
When I read the following article written by Marc Chernoff I thought of my friend. There is still hope that he will break freeof his fears, I just he finds the courage to do it one day.
5 Choices You Will Regret in 5 Years (or Sooner)
“If only…” These two words paired together create one of the saddest phrases in the English language. Here are five choices that ultimately lead to this phrase of regret, and how to elude them:
Wearing a mask to impress others. – If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be perfect to impress people. Let them be impressed by how you deal with your imperfections.
Keeping negative company. – Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you. Don’t let them get to you. They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun. When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.
Settling for less than you deserve. – Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to fight for what you deserve. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before. Don’t settle.
Endlessly waiting until tomorrow. – The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do. But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do. And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t.
Being lazy and wishy-washy. – The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something. So stop daydreaming and start DOING. Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. At the end of it, let there be no excuses, no explanations, and no regrets. You can make adjustments starting NOW that will help you feel better, think more clearly, and live a life free of regrets.
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
Senior citizens, good news!
Of memory, hearing, all the faculties, the last to leave us is sexual desire and the ability to make love. That means that long after we’re wearing bifocals and hearing aids, we’ll be making love. We just won’t remember with whom.
I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
An investment banker was on the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. His boat was full of beautiful yellow tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on his catch, asking how long it took to catch. The fisherman replied “only a short time.” The banker asked why not stay out and catch more. The fisherman replied, “I’ve enough fish to feed my family.”
The banker then asked what did the fisherman do with the rest of his time, and he replied, “I will sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening, sip wine with my friends, play my guitar, … I have a full and busy life.”
The banker was not impressed. “I have a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat and from those increased proceeds you could buy several boats and soon have a fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you could control production, processing and distribution by building your own cannery. You could leave this small coastal village and move to the city then to New York where you could run your expanding enterprise.”
The fisherman asked, “How long will this take?”
The banker said, “Ten to 20 years. Then you would announce an IPO and sell your stock to the public, making millions and millions.”
“But what then?”
“Ah, now you get to the best part”, said the banker smiling. “You could retire to a small coastal village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings, sip wine and play your guitar with your friends”.
I sat there waiting for my doctor’s partner to make her way through the file that contained my very extensive medical history. After she finished all 17 pages, she looked at me and said, “You look better in person than you do on paper.”
She said: Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies.
A customer called the airline’s reservation office to pay for his ticket with a credit card. The reservation specialist asked him,
“Would you please spell the name as it appears on the card, sir?”
The customer carefully replied, “V-I-S-A.”
I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.
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