My wife has been known to say some ridiculous things (and I’ll spare her the embarrassment and keep those things to myself… besides, she’s got plenty on me that would spark a battle I would be sure to lose). She is good-humored about it and usually we all have a good laugh… usually.
But she also provides a bit of intelligent guidance when I or our kids are looking for a little encouragement in the right direction (or a swift kick in the pants when we aren’t looking for encouragement but need it anyway). Here are a couple of her classic words of wisdom that really stand out to me!
It is none of your business what people think of you!
This is something that she was told by her sister and something she has repeated to me on a few occasions and it makes sense. Often times we get caught up in worry about what people are thinking of us, when really it is none of our business. At least it shouldn’t be. What should be our business is what we think of ourselves and what we are doing.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t be concerned if we hurt someone and need to apologize, but we don’t need to be concerned if someone thinks we aren’t trendy enough, cute enough (I never have this problem), they think we say stupid things …and the list continues. It is really none of our business!
Life is not fair for anyone – that makes it fair for everyone!
Heavy, right?! Well, maybe not that heavy, but can still put you in your place if you think about it.
Everyone, no matter who you are, comes across some point in his/her life when something happens that is just not “fair”. Ask around, do you think you’ll find anyone who thinks “Life has always been completely fair to me!”
Because of this universal unfairness, we know that when something is unfair, we are not the only ones. We do have a choice about how we will react to the alleged unfairness and this is where our true character can shine.
What words of wisdom do you have or have you heard that help you?