They can be if you let them
Why don’t you start believing that no matter what you have or haven’t done, that your best days are still out in front of you.
I know we have talked about it before but I often wonder if some of the people I meet are really themselves or pretending to be someone else. Sometimes I think people become actors paying parts that either their misguided egos or someone else has convinced them they must play. Luckily many breakout and start to live as themselves and reap the benefits that result. I, to some extent, was one of those many years ago but once I tasted the freedom that comes from making my own choices I never went back. In truth I am not even sure I liked myself very much back then.
As I was thinking about the importance of freeing ourselves to not only do our best but also to get maximum enjoyment out of the years to come it reminded me of an airline announcement. If you have flown you have heard them say “in case of emergency put on your oxygen mask first and them help your child.” I think life is like that, before we can do our best we must take care of who we are first.
Here are some keys to happiness that I like and want to share with you today.
Steps To Happiness
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.
You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you’ll be a most vital mortal.
Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.
It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.
The personnel manager was impressing the applicant with the prospective job.
“We make parts for microscopes. You’ll be required to work with lenses that are ten-thousandths of an inch thick.”
“I can handle it,” the applicant said, “I used to slice meat in a delicatessen.”
SHE SAID: Did you miss me while I was away?
HE SAID : Were you away?
In my senior year, our English teacher was a young, attractive, unattached woman. Finally, the inevitable happened: One of the bolder males in the class asked, “What would it take for you to go out with one of your students?”
“He would have to get straight A’s in his senior year..” she answered calmly, “..in college.”
A perfectionist is one who takes great pains, and gives them to everyone else.
A mother was telling her little girl what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”
The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten the know you sooner!”
“My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on.”
I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me, and always she was correct. But it was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying sagely, “Grandpa, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!”
“Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?”
Miss Smith and Little Johnny’s father were having a parent teacher conference.
Miss Smith said to Little Johnny’s father, “Well, at least there’s one thing I can say about your son.”
Little Johnny’s father asked, “What’s that?”
“With grades like these, he couldn’t possibly be cheating.”
Abe asked, “Is my face dirty or is it just my imagination?”
Mollie answered, “Your face is clean but I don’t know about your imagination.”
Mrs. Morris Siegel beckoned to a salesman in Bergdorf Goodman’s, pointed to white wool designer dress on a mannequin, and said, “Hey Sonny boy, so how much is the dress on that store dummy over there?”
“That dress is $899.95, Madam,” sneered the rather snotty salesman.
“Oy! For $99.95 I could get the same dress at Klein’s Bargain Store downtown!”
“But Madam,” said the salesman, “You’ll find that the dress at Klein’s is recycled wool. This original is 100% pure virgin wool.”
“Nu! So for $800 I should be caring what the lambs do at night?”
It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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