‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of the deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…[And] if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. (Theodore Roosevelt)
I was listening to Oprah’s super soul sunday with Dr. Brene Brown and she mentioned this quote by Theodore Roosevelt and how it changed her life forever as she was affected by comments persons made to a speech she did on TED Talk. I visited the quote and I shook my head and said..YES. As different as we all are so too are our opinions and if we respect each other’s individuality then we ought to respect their opinion, regardless how hurtful or flattering it is.
We never know where the opinion comes from- what hidden place it reared its head and knowing this fact why should it affect us? Everyone has hidden bowls filled with water unsettled by the waves of life, it crashes against the walls of everything we believe in. Sometimes the water is throw overboard and this is your emotion thrown. If it catches you , you get wet but you are forgetting you can dry it off. We cannot let people’s wet emotions flood our inner bowl of peace. You can’t possibly carry yours and theirs. Your bowl will burst. So protect your inner bowl.
People will always speak.People will always have to throw away baggage. Don’t let it hit you coming from their space. We all have our own burdens to bear.