I saw an image recently that listed 5 lessons in life from Dr. Seuss.
- “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than you.
- “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
- “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
- “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
- “Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.”
As I read through these statements, I was reminded of how unique each of us really are. I know that we all have probably had times where we fantasized about being a sports star or singer or some other notable person. We may have actually even wanted to be like our neighbor down the street or even someone in our family. There was a certain amount of discontent with the person we saw in the mirror, and we may still be discontent, or even unhappy with that same individual in that mirror today.
Well before I write a long blog on the steps of change and self-improvement and self-help, I want to ask you to first look at the You that is truer than true. Take a look at the person that was perfectly crafted by God to be an encouragement and blessing to others on this earth. Don’t focus on the negatives or who or what someone else may be, or even what another may tell you that you are. Focus on the You that is you. Realize that you were meant to stand out, to swim upstream in a downstream world. Be the odd one; be the different one, but whatever you do, stand out in the most outstanding and positive way you can. You were born an original, so don’t die a copy.
What’s stopping you? You have a brain, you have feet. Choose your path. Albert Einstein said “strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”The only limit you truly face is the one you face in the mirror each day you get up. You say people are holding you back; people are keeping you from making a positive impact, but those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Fill your life and surround yourself with individuals who encourage and lift you up, those who do not discourage and tear you down. Keep in mind I am not saying people who will tell you what you want to hear, but instead people who truly care enough to tell you what you need to hear, but still care regardless.
Finally, behave each day like it is the day you will be remembered. What do you want to be remembered for? Jackie Robinson said “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Remember that you have the power to impact people either positively or negatively; how you attempt to impact them is your choice. Additionally, how you choose to be impacted by others is something you also own. So back to the picture. If you are doing the best you can and making a positive impact, being that ripe and juicy peach, someone is not going to like you. It is ok; I promise. Life’s measure is not about pleasing everyone, but instead saying that you gave it all you had, pleasing the One who created you. One last quote from Erma Bombeck: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” Stay true to your faith, those you care about, and definitely stay true to yourself.
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