I came across this quote the other day, and it really stood out to me. It’s called “Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments” and apparently it’s been around awhile. It sounded familiar to me, but I don’t think I’d ever read the whole thing.
One of the biggest blocks that gets in the way of pure, true happiness for a lot of us is the fear of what other people will think if we switch gears, march to the beat of our own drum, and stop swimming in the same old murky pond everyone around us has been swimming in. Oftentimes, we’re unknowingly held back by the limitations that were handed to us when we were little kids, believing that, for example, we’re never going to be good at sports, that indulging our creativity is a waste of time, that money does not and never, ever will grow on trees, or that life’s a bitch and then you die. It takes a lot of focus and energy to find our true path, and then to stay on it, but I’ve seen it happen again and again, and I know it’s possible. When we listen to our intuition, which leads us to follow our hearts and our spirits, we can’t ever go wrong.
So, on that note, a little inspiration:
“People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.”
And here’s an addition that crossed my mind as I was looking for an image to go along with this:
“People may think you’re an idiot for putting a Donald Roller Wilson picture of a monkey up with this post.
Put the picture up anyway.”