I got to be honest; I never really appreciated Ralph Waldo Emerson until I was in my 30’s. I remember learning a little bit about him in high school of course, but never really saw the value of his work until many years later. Talk about someone that offers value with his work, I sure can see it now.
I am constantly telling my students, my own kids, anyone that I can; we only have one name – we have to make it a good one. This goes along with Ralph’s statement. We are the only ones that we can work on to make better. I mean we can certainly help others to improve and become better people that’s for sure. But as far as the idea on who do we have the most influence with? It’s ourselves for sure.
When it comes down to it, we really are the only ones that we can work on. Other people have influence over us for sure, and we can get help from others too. The mirror is the true spot for us to see the main project that we have to work on in our lives and that’s ourselves.
We also here it all the time – life is short. When you think about it, we don’t really have all the time in the world. That fact usually kicks in for most people after the age of 40 I think. It’s never too early to figure out the fact that we really don’t have all the time in the world. Part of life’s success puzzle is to figure this piece out. There are a few pieces to that puzzle to learn about, this is just one of them. The sooner we work on making ourselves the best we can be, the sooner the other pieces in our life success puzzle will become clear. I think that Is a future project that I’m going to work on – the pieces to our life success puzzle.
How are you going to work on improving yourself? What are some thoughts and ideas you might want to share with me and others on this? Let me know. Continued success for you and all you want to do.
On a side note, I’m still recovering from my back surgery. It’s going well, but it will be a long process that’s for sure. My patience is growing, which is one of the many positives from this experience.