Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Who Knows? (New Thought Sunday Message 5/1/11)

Can you think a very new thought today?

I love this quote from Bertrand Russell

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."

I also love this one from D.A. Benton (author of Secrets of a CEO Coach):

"Cultivate the attitude that you have something of value to offer...Do not be apologetic. You can be humble but not recessive."

So, which is it? Terribly important work as a sign of near insanity, or offering something of value? How do you suppose each of these writers meant to reach their readers? Does Russell mean we should rest on our laurels and do nothing? And does Benton suggest that we actually do have something to offer the world? Probably yes, to both. The question remains, then, how do you present your gifts and talents to the world while at the same time remaining innocuous and humble?

Balderdash to both of them! I say go boldly into the world, scattering your creative seeds everywhere and see what sprouts. As the saying goes, you were born an original; don't die a copy. If the rest of us find value in what you put forth, fabulous. If not, so what? You did what you felt led to do and each of us can do no more than that. (But my guess is, the world will be improved by your efforts...)

I stand firmly with best selling author Brian Tracy who says in his book 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Success, "The Law of Excellence: Resolve today to join the top 10 percent in your field, whatever it is you do. This commitment to top performance will do more to move you into the fast lane in your career [relationships, volunteer work, etc.] than any other decision you can make." 

But then, who really knows?

And so it is...

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