The Way I See It

by on March 4, 2009

“The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you
you’re not good enough.
On occasion, some may be correct.
But do not do their work for them.
Seek any job; ask anyone out; pursue any goal.
Don’t take it personally when they say “no” –
they may not be smart enough to say “yes”.”

Keith Olberman – broadcast journalist and host


This is a point very near to my heart, and quite possibly one of the keys to the length of time it’s taken for me to ascend to the top of life’s ladder.

I have always been very quick to “do their work for them”, and this mindset has lead to a lot of “not doing”. Not auditioning; not writing; not making myself heard.

Enough already! On the advice of a passage in a Louise Hay book, I took some quiet time and wrote down a list of all the things I’m good at. A little slow at first – why is this so hard? But then faster and faster, until my beautiful Cross fountain pen was fairly flying across the page!

I will keep this list in a safe place, to read through on days when “they” have got into my head – but I have a feeling, those days won’t be very often.

If you, Dearest Reader, are feeling ordinary; put down or put upon; take some time to do this exercise. Any exercise is good for the body – this one is good for your heart, your soul, and your very existence.



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Divinity Rose March 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I’ve really been hearing that lately 🙂

Great quote to start it off..thanks 🙂

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JoAnn Donahue March 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

This is a GREAT exercise for all to do. It’s only in our stillness we are able to hear life’s direction.

When we can see before us our qualities that make us who we are it’s then we are in a clear position to make the necessary changes if needed and build on the the ones that are just right! 😉

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Lori Thomas April 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Like this so much ” But do not do their work for them ” never looked at it, in quite that way. Maybe, since I use to take it soooo Personally when someone would tell me that I could not do something or I did not have what it takes. Yes, it is their own work, it is their stuff, not Mine, Yours or Ours, at all. Let them have it and move on to what you really want to do. Somehow, I knew this back then, as I would take it and it would hurt – those negative words and then, I would do it anyway. I learned to Thank those Nay Sayers and Can’t Doers – they made me want to do it even that much more. Thanks, for reminding us to look at the Good Stuff, Jacqui –

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Cherrie Bautista@Young And Fabulous April 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Yes, a lot of people are used to giving criticisms all the time especially to the ones they are closest at. They call it tough love or constructive criticism in the hopes that it will make the person better. But those very things are the ones that destroys confidence and belief to one’s self. Kids who are constantly criticized for what they do looses their belief in themselves. And then the grown ups wonder why those kids grow up having self-esteem issues. I was fortunate enough to read about this before I had kids. Now when I look at my kids, and other people, I focus on their strengths and what’s good about them, and bring it up to them a lot of times.
.-= Cherrie Bautista@Young And Fabulous´s last blog ..Four Common Habits Of The Young And Fabulous =-.

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Jacqueline Gates April 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

@Cherrie Bautista@Young And Fabulous,
See now, if we could get this kind of information to all the Emerging Goddesses out there, BEFORE they became Mother Goddesses ~ just imagine the good we could do for the world, one strong enlightened child at a time.

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