Why choose to be right instead of happy when there is no way to be right?
I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a ‘mistake’ is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the facts. When I have listened to my mistakes I have grown.
Topics: Difficulties, Failures, Mistakes, Adversity, Betrayal
Boredom is useful to me when I notice it and think: Oh I’m bored; there must be something else I want to be doing … boredom acts as an initiator of originality by pushing me into new activities or new thoughts.
Happiness is a present attitude—not a future condition.
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes and I am left the same. The more things change the more I am the same. I am what I started with, and when it is all over I will be all that is left of me.
Topics: Change, Living, Self-Discovery
Being myself includes taking risks with myself, taking risks on new behavior, trying new ways of ‘being myself’, so that I can see who it is I want to be.
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- Charles Sheldon American Christian Minister
- John C. Maxwell American Christian Professional Speaker
- Chuck Swindoll American Christian Pastor
- A. W. Tozer American Christian Pastor
- Mary Manin Morrissey American Christian Religious Leader