Sunday, July 11, 2021 (Day 192)
NEW Relaxing Music for the week: The Joy of Quiet: Liquid Mind (8:47) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tdv1Ct-MLM
Question: What emotions do you find it hardest to accept within yourself?
Answer: The emotion that I find it hardest to accept within myself is that I don’t care what other people think. Although I don’t care what most people think about me, I do care what SOME people think about me, which is mostly my family, my closest friends, a few of my colleagues, and my tribe. The one thing that I keep telling myself is that not everyone is going to like what I have to say; those that care will care, those that don’t like what I have to say will not care. I have always been guided by this quote by Bernard Baruch:
“Be who you are and say what you feel because people who mind don’t matter and people who matter don’t mind.”
Another quote that really guides me and my work is the one that Brene Brown shares by Teddy Roosevelt in her “The Call to Courage” documentary:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
So, as long as I continue to move forward with Life Design Catalyst work and it provides value for others, I’ll keep plugging away, despite what the naysayers and critics might have to say.
I have to say, as I reflect on the first-half of 2021, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I want in my life. Although there has been a lot of “stuff” going on both personally and professionally, when I look at my life as a whole, it’s really, really good. I have been able to do a lot of great little projects, especially over the past 5-10 years, have a great group of people that are in my life, and have relatively good health. If I died tomorrow, I can say that I died a very contented man, very appreciative of what life has given me. I don’t know why I felt the need to share this, but I just decided to take a minute to reflect on my life…and it’s all good. Regardless of what happens at work and with Rebecca and I, I’m grateful for every experience because every one of them made me who I am today. And I just have to keep remember my #1 seven-word life motto:
“Striving to be 1% better every day.”
Thanks for listening, wonderful people!