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Are You Impressed Yet? October 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that “pressure” and “impress” stem from the same root.

If we want to impress others with our acumen at writing, Bridge, or acrobatics, we are apt to feel pressure.

We don’t want to make a mistake or feel foolish if our efforts fall flat . . .

With a resounding s~p~l~a~t!

When we want to impress others, our Ego is invested in the outcome and we feel pressure to succeed.

But if we just want to learn new things and have fun, there is none.

The pressure to succeed evaporates when we no longer wish to impress others with our efforts becauseย we are no longer seeking applause, accolades, acknowledgement, or external approval.*

We’re just enjoying the moment.

Aah . . . that’s better!

*Even so, most of us still don’t want to fall flat . . . with a resounding splat!


1. Tippy Gnu - October 23, 2019

Reminds me of the time I went to the dry cleaners. I was not impressed with their service. But my clothes were.

nrhatch - October 23, 2019

Clothes are easily impressed.

2. Jill Weatherholt - October 23, 2019

I learned along time ago that trying to impress others is a complete waste of time and energy. Not everyone is going to like me, but I’m okay with that since I’m content with myself. When I was younger, I had a few splats! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - October 23, 2019

Good for you. I have seldom let “them” steer my ship. If I want to try something new, I do. If I don’t, I won’t.

So much easier to navigate using our internal GPS!

3. Ally Bean - October 23, 2019

I feel no pressure to impress others. I guess you could say that for me it’s not a pressing issue.

nrhatch - October 23, 2019

Your recent post (watering the bushes and chasing chipmunks in eclectic attire) comes to mind ~> you dare to wear what you will!

I’m with you!

4. Espirational - October 23, 2019

I love the concept. Thank you. Very helpful!

nrhatch - October 23, 2019

Thanks! So many people spend their days in a pressure cooker. It’s nice to blow off some of that steam.

nrhatch - October 23, 2019

BTW: Love your last post:

Cat Yoga ~> Stretch. Stop. Nap.

5. Kate Crimmins - October 23, 2019

Impress others? That’s too hard.

nrhatch - October 23, 2019

So much easier to use internal navigation aides!

6. anotherday2paradise - October 23, 2019

The last time I went ‘splat’, I broke my femur and no-one was impressed, least of all me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ These days, I don’t care what others may think of me as long as I’m still standing. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - October 23, 2019

OUCH! Still standing ~> good way to be!

7. L. Marie - October 23, 2019

A great reminder, Nancy. The pressure to impress is something to watch out for.

nrhatch - October 23, 2019

Agreed! Ego-driven pursuits are seldom as relaxing and fun as hobbies we pursue solely for our own enjoyment.

8. Debra - October 23, 2019

I love the distinctions you’ve shared, Nancy. I hadn’t previously given it much thought, but I can certainly see how this is true. I’m at a point in my life where I shun pressure in any form, if I can manage to do that! So there you go! No need to impress. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - October 24, 2019

We learn faster when we are willing to make mistakes without concern about what people will think.

“Hey, I’m a beginner. What did you expect?” ๐Ÿ™„

9. Val Boyko - October 23, 2019

Express without the need to impress … is a key step in the journey. Keep having fun my friend ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ’›

nrhatch - October 24, 2019

I’m glad I took up Bridge 3 years ago ~ it’s a great way to make LOTS of mistakes without putting anyone in harm’s way. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

10. roughwighting - October 25, 2019

You make a great point here. In fact, you IMPRESS me with your wisdom, but don’t feel pressured. I think you are naturally wise! xo

nrhatch - October 25, 2019

Thanks, Pam! I saw a terrific Ben Franklin quote this week:

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” ๐Ÿ˜€

roughwighting - October 29, 2019

Isn’t that the truth!!!!!!!

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