We all know it is good to laugh at ourselves, and not take ourselves too seriously. With that in mind, I thought I would pass along these lighthearted statements I heard regarding our self-importance below:
- At 20 years old we wonder what everybody thinks about us
- At 40 years old we don’t care what anybody thinks about us
- At 60 years old we realize nobody was thinking about us
This is truly good news!
This means we don’t have to worry so much about trying to please all those people who aren’t even paying attention to us anyway!
What a huge relief!
Of course, to our loved ones we are important and thought about, as they are to us. However, the vast majority of people are living their own lives, and more concerned about who is watching them.
Now, from those who are paying attention to us, there may come some unsolicited advice. In these situations, we can ask ourselves if what we are hearing is in alignment with who we are, and consider the source of who is giving the feedback.
Often, the comments we receive reflect something going on in another, and rarely have much to do with us personally.
For example, someone may have a need to control those around them, and feel that others should live life according to their plans. Just because we don’t live according to their wishes does not mean we need to alter our life.
However, if what they are saying is helpful, and feels right in our heart and soul, then we can consider their ideas. If not, then it is important to tune out any unhelpful information, and be true to ourselves.
Everyone has a right to their opinion, and we have a right not to listen to it. — Joel Osteen
Instead of becoming angry with the input we may receive from those around us, we can smile at the glorious freedom we have to follow our own path, and not pay any attention to it.
Hopefully, we will remember to apply laughter and lightness the next time we allow ourselves to worry or become upset by how we’re being perceived by the vast majority of those who are busy looking in another direction.
Are you able to laugh at yourself?
Place the above three phrases in a place you will see them often, as a reminder that life is better when we’re laughing.