Be Who You Are

I find kids fascinating. They seem to soak up knowledge at an unbelievable rate. They’re honest, and more than anything else, they are genuine. If you ask a kid a question, you know you’re going to get a straight answer.

Kids are a little freer to think and learn because they don’t have egos getting in their way. If you have read my blogs, you have probably seen my observation that the main difference between teaching children and adults is that you dumb it down a little bit for the adults. Adults have egos which are bruised easily. Egos, especially bruised egos, make it harder for someone to learn.

Egos get in our way because we begin to worry about what other people think of us. We start to assume ideas of what others are thinking of us. And sometimes we develop false ideas of what we have to project to others and how we have to act because those actions are expected by others.

The truth is a little different. What we should do is be ourselves and be genuine. We should not act the way we think others think we should behave. We should actually be ourselves. No pretenses. No false airs of importance. No preconceived notions. Just ourselves. Ready to interact, learn, grow, and be happy within ourselves and our community.

I think I hear a thought sneaking into my consciousness right now saying,” Easier said than done.” I believe that anything we do is only as easy as we make it on ourselves. By being genuine, we get to live our own lives. We save time, emotion, and even money by not pretending to be something we are not. And, we feel better because we get to be who we are.

Think about this. This may not be something for the faint of heart. It is something that might help people wanting to be who they are.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Limited Stress

In life, we find many occasions that have the opportunity to put pressure on us to do something we may or may not wish to do. How we handle those situations defines the amount of pressure we feel, and how much stress that pressure actually causes us.

People always want you to do something, and whatever it is, the request is usually the best thing for them instead of being the best for you. They want your money for the course, or they want your time for a project, or they want your endorsement so they can use the people who look up to you.

The best way you can minimize your stress is to be genuinely you. This does not mean saying no to everything. Weigh the pros and cons that you perceive the request will garner for you. Please, do not be afraid to say no, or to say yes. Take time to weigh everything against your desires and the destinations that you have mapped in life.

Whatever your answer is will be correct as long as you do right by yourself and your plan to grow through life. You could explain to the other party why you made your decision and please remember you absolutely do not have to give that explanation if you don’t want to.

The choice is yours. Yet any agreement without full understanding is usually misguided. Take time to think things through. Make sure you know all the demands that are being asked of you and try to understand what the positive and negative consequences could be within the agreement.

Have a great day and thank you for being here. I truly understand that this is a choice that you have freely made. And, I appreciate it.

I hope to be with you again tomorrow.