Learn

“You’ll make mistakes, everyone does… just make sure you learn from them” ~from the movie Sully. I tried desperately to never make a mistake & all I accomplished was filling myself full of fear & tension. I was afraid that if I made a mistake people would think I was stupid. And because I didn’t want to look stupid, I hid my mistakes… sometimes even from myself. As a result… I never learned anything from them. Here we are 45 years in & I’ve finally started learning from my mistakes. The goal for today: have enough humility to admit my mistakes… learn from them… & then use them to teach others as well! Have a great day everybody!

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Hypocrite

Someone called me a hypocrite yesterday… & they were right. From time to time I do make a hypocrite of myself… I’m not perfect. But rather than feel insulted by the statement, I am taking this opportunity to put my periodic disclaimer of imperfection out there. The things I write are true & accurate… but I certainly don’t practice it perfectly & I don’t expect anyone else to either. I don’t practice it perfectly, but when I do practice it… it works perfectly. The goal for today: try to be perfect, but when I fall short… admit it, fix it & move on! Have a great day everybody!

Freedom & Relief

“To conclude that others were wrong was as far as most of us ever got” ~Anon. I once was the master of hiding my mistakes beneath yours… & the end result was that I never fixed any of my problems & I was incredibly unhappy most of the time. If you are the type of person that seems to be great at finding fault with everyone in the world except yourself… I’m here to tell you that there is a better way. Personal responsibility leads to personal freedom! The goal for today: experience the sense of freedom & relief that come as a direct result of humility! Have a great day everybody!

The Healing Power of Humility

When I point out your mistakes… you get defensive & we end up in an argument. When I point out my own mistakes… you admit yours & we end up in a compromise. Admitting my own mistakes is called humility… sanity… truth… & wisdom. These qualities always lay a basis for positive, constructive, helpful discussions… that heal damaged human relations. When all we do is point out other peoples mistakes… we destroy relationships, end up alone & can’t figure out why. The goal for today: feel the healing power of humility! Have a great day everybody!

Help

I have always sucked at asking for help. I was afraid that needing help made me look weak… but now I know the Truth. Honestly admitting that I need help is a strength. Asking for help is a sign of humility. Hearing someone out when they are offering help requires open-mindedness. And taking the action required of me to solve my problem is a demonstration of willingness. I don’t want to be in a constant state of need… but everybody needs a helping hand from time to time. The goal for today: be strong enough to ask for help! Have a great day everybody!

Advice

“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me” ~Henry Ford. A couple things stand out to me with this quote. First… that I used to blame God for all the bad in the world. Second… that I was always asking God to do things for me. Now I can see that both ideas were kinda crazy. Good things happen when God is managing things… & bad happens when I take over. Also, my prayers don’t work when I’m telling God what to do for me… they do get answered when I’m asking God what I can do for Him. The goal for today: quit playing God! Have a great day everybody!

Human

I’m terrible at asking for help! I always have been… & I still am at times. This is a problem that I need to resolve. I know the root cause is fear. I’m afraid that people will think “Maybe this guy doesn’t really know what he is talking about after all.” In my sane moments I know that what people would really think of me having a problem is “It’s nice to see that he is human after all.” I don’t ever want to be a hypocrite… & more importantly, I don’t want people to lose faith in the solution just because I fall short in practicing it at times. The goal for today: be human! Have a great day everybody!