Trust your gut

What if the experts are wrong?

You, to the expert: “What time is it?”

The expert: “Can I borrow your watch?”

Filter what you hear through what you know, what you can find out.  Experts are as plentiful as table salt.  Everyone has an opinion.

When you live according to the so-called experts, you cede control of your critical thinking, your instincts, your need to make your own choices.

Think critically. Do your homework.  Trust your gut.

Forgive

Anyone can hold a grudge

Too few can let go.

Grudges, vendettas and the desire for revenge exact a price.   Life becomes smaller, becomes defined by anger, hurt and pain.

Learn to forgive.  Depending on the circumstance, learn to wipe the slate clean, learn to exercise forbearance, learn to release the burden of bad feelings.

Forgiving is not necessarily forgetting, but it does open possibilities for a better life.

Engage or avoid?

How to avoid criticism

·    Deny

·    Over-react

·    Suppress

When you choose to avoid criticism, you become small, inauthentic and distant.   You fail to grow. 

Engage your world with truth and honesty – even when it’s not so easy, not so comfortable.

No outcome is worth losing yourself

Tactics vs. principles

Don’t let a great tactic override a principle.

In the race to excel, to reach goals, we must stay mindful of enduring principles.   Things like honesty, truth, respect, spiritual beliefs.

It’s easy to lose sight of these when engaged in the arena.   It’s convenient to justify the wrong actions in the quest to reach what’s considered the right outcomes.

No outcome is worth losing yourself in the process of attaining its achievement.

It’s up to us

The courage to live in the gray

It takes moral courage to live within the gray.  Few circumstances are black and white.  Few choices are supported by evidence of good and bad, yes and no.

It’s up to us to sit in uncertainty, ask the questions, and live the answers