Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Don't be impressed
This is one that we all need to be aware of. It is easy to be impressed by what we perceive others have accomplished. It is easy to look at the visible signs of success and wish that we had the same. But those things that we can not see, are so much more important. I know that when I am having problems myself, it is the simple things that bring me the greatest blessings. The kindness of a stranger, the generosity of a friend, the integrity of someone who finds something I have lost, and last, but not least, the humility of those around us.
Our world is impressed by all the wrong things. We look at success as something that is physically tangible, instead of something within. We use things to determine whether or not we are worth something. We use money, status, toys, titles, business, even people to show that we have worth. The thing is, worth is not determined by what you have. It is determined more by what you do.
Once, a long time ago, I had a job interview. The interviewer asked me what I could bring to that office. I told him of all the things that I have done in my career. He replied, "I don't want to know what you have done in the past, I want to know what you will do for this office to improve it".
I learned from that interview. Our past really doesn't matter as much as we think. Our current status really isn't important. There are more important and pressing issues for each of us. I prefer to think of it as: what can I do to change what is going on around me for the better. What can I bring that is different and unique. I have learned that kindness is always welcome, there is never enough integrity to get things done, humility goes so much farther that pride, and generosity brings some of my greatest joys.
I hope that we all start to become impressed by the things that matter most, instead of the ones that really aren't that important. Remember that you are truly better than you think you are.