April 16th, 2008
I really enjoyed reading Brittany’s post and it sparked the train of thought that brings me to what-I’m-’bout-to-say.
One of the things that most endears me to people–more so than constant, feigned happiness or perpetual dissatisfaction and complaining–is the ability to own emotions and be genuine about what’s going on. To simply be and to do so unabashedly is beautiful.
So often, I look outside myself to develop an opinion about situations, even though, deep down, I know the most valuable things I can do is bring my own experiences, thoughts and findings to the table in a constructive way. It can be tempting to take on the mood of the group–to chime in with negativity when others are naysaying, or to twostep around being the moodbreaker when something really is amiss but tiredness or laziness keeps others from saying so–but what so many people are afraid to do is own themselves and love themselves and feel confident in the validity of who and what they are.
Confidence can be a double edged sword–some mistake it for arrogance, others praise it as competence–but, at its best, it is a great medium for communicating capabilities and opening those skills and talents up for group use. There is no excuse, in my mind, to play small when talents are bubbling under the surface, nor to play big when the experience someone has can’t back up his promises. To be vain is one thing, but to own and use all that you are in service to goodness is quite another.
Here’s an ending thought: There is no feeling, experience or mistake that is so big, so bad, or so wrong that it can’t be used to forge a better tomorrow.
To that end, I’m going to go enjoy today.