Each week, I'll post a lesson (maybe two) and share my thoughts on how it resonates in my own life. Perhaps you would like to join along. Sharing in the comments, or posting on your own blog, and then sharing that link with us here. I think this book would make an excellent choice for a book club, or the lessons used as retreat topics. So let's just consider this a cyber book club of sorts. Ok? Great!
Life Lesson #4: Don't Take Yourself So Seriously. No One Else Does.
I use to take myself so seriously, but not so much anymore. These days, I hardly do it at all. I've always been able to laugh at myself, but that didn't stop me from beating myself up when I made mistakes. Said the wrong thing, spelled words incorrectly (I'm a horrible speller!), forgot someone's name, etc. I think when we take ourselves to seriously, we feel a greater amount of embarrassment when things don't go as planned. We're all human, right?
I've also learned over the years that when I thought others would really notice a mess up on my part, they in fact, didn't notice. Or if they did, it mattered not to them. I'd be getting my panties in a wad, hyper-ventilating and throwing out a curse word or two at my stupidity and lack of seriousness for the task, only to find that others would usually have no idea why I was so dang upset. I'd get comments like "Geez Ann, it's really no big deal, " or "You take things way to serious."
When you realize that no one else takes you so serious, then it is much easier not to take yourself so serious too. So go forth and lighten up! Have fun. Laugh at yourself more. Play at being more lighthearted. I promise, it feels great.
Image Credit: Cover of March 1969 Laugh-In Magazine (from my own vintage magazine collection)