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Be a Tigger . . . Tiggers Bounce July 7, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, People, Spirit & Ego.

Rik Scott posted some worthy words of wisdom this morning:

How To Write When You Have Nothing to Say.

As is par for the course, his words, and the comments which followed, got me thinking ~ in this case, about the impact others have on our glorious Egos and fragile psyches:

Many people have only one way to prop themselves up in life . . . by discouraging others from starting the climb. 

The trouble is not what they say to us . . . it’s how we choose to interpret their words, and internalize them.

We allow ourselves to become discouraged so easily.  At times, a hurtful word or glance is all that it takes to derail our fragile Egos.

Spirit, of course, waits patiently in the wings . . . ready to help us glide up, over, or around the obstacles in our path.

When we grow discouraged from using an external reference point (rather than Our  Internal Compass), we need to give ourselves a warm hug and get back to making our own kind of music:

When we look to others for guidance (for what to be, do, say, or think), we’re relying on a constantly shifting external reference point.  When we attempt to predict and accommodate the vastly divergent opinions of those we meet (rather than being, saying, or doing what we feel), we’re engaged in a energy-draining guessing game. 

Constantly looking outside ourselves for guidance is akin to navigating through the woods . . . across shifting terrain . . . in the middle of an earthquake . . . by looking at a compass gone haywire.

How utterly exhausting and unnecessary.

Look deep, the answers lie within.

Quote:  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.  You have to keep yourself open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. ~ Martha Graham

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1. Richard W Scott - July 7, 2010

Well said!

nrhatch - July 7, 2010

Right back at you . . .

Thanks for inspiring me this morning!

2. deepercolors - July 10, 2010

I like Spirit. I definitely need more. However when you hit concrete, you don’t bounce. Matter of fact you don’t even get up without help. I am up now though, although not completely and trying to find the good things every day.

nrhatch - July 10, 2010

Some people bounce, even after crashing airplanes and being told they would never walk or breathe on their own again:


The Miracle Man chose to ignore all the people who claimed to be “helping” him and he helped himself . . . by walking out of the hospital on his own.

It is WE who decide whether we want to bounce or collapse into a puddle of tears . . . our perceptions of the situation, rather than the situation itself, determine how we respond.

How WE relate to the issue IS the issue.

3. Agatha82 - July 25, 2010

Sometimes, it’s very hard to bounce back…but one tries…

nrhatch - July 25, 2010

Like learning to play a music instrument (or a video game), It gets easier and easier the more we practice.

Agatha82 - July 25, 2010

Yes, how true is that! 🙂

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