It’s this simple.
Either we are our own best friend or we fast become our worst enemy.
When a parent asks a child with 4 A’s and a B on their report card, what did you get the B in – we’re teaching impressionable people to be negative. Let them start with the A’s. There is plenty of time for the B.
When another person criticizes us, we should reject that criticism. After all, no less than Dale Carnegie himself said, “don’t criticize, condemn or complain”. Who are we to judge another?
When we feel that everything we do isn’t good enough, then we are being ungrateful because we can only be what we are and that is good enough if we’re giving our best.
We can either try to make everyone else better one criticism at a time or enjoy the other person exactly the way they are. We can’t have it both ways.
Some adults laughed at TV’s Mister Rogers who always told his audience of children “I like you just the way you are”. But Fred Rogers was right. And hearing that phrase every day is something we need to say about ourselves.
You can spend a lifetime feeling badly about yourself.
Or choose to live a life accepting yourself as the fine person you are.
There is, of course, always room for improvement but what good is improving when being perfect is not the secret to happiness.
Most people are good enough the way they are.
Pogo’s great line “We have met the enemy and he is us” is so true.
What if we revised that a bit and made it “We have met my best friend and it is me”?
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