April 21, 2008.
"It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper."
People like to talk. Correct that, some people love to talk. They talk about this and talk about that. They talk and talk and talk some more. In fact, these chatty sorts talk about virtually anything and everything under the sun. Unfortunately, sometimes their favorite subject is talking about other people.
Like it or not, sooner or later you will become the topic of somebody's conversation. Some will say you're not good enough. Others will say you're not smart enough. There will even be some who say you're never going to amount to much of anything at all. But so what? Regardless of what they say, they have no say. No say whatsoever.
"We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them."
Cato the Elder
The only person who has any input in what you say, think or do is you; you and you alone. It's not your friends, family, coworkers or acquaintances. Oh sure, they can toss in their two cents - but you don't have to listen, especially if their comments tear you down or sell you short.
As far as your adversaries, competitors or rivals are concerned, you need to tune them out. Completely. These individuals are constantly looking for ways to undermine everything you do. Since they're going to spout off whether you like it or not, you might as well let them. Their hot air doesn't mean a thing unless you allow their words to get under your skin.
So don't let them.
Look, they're only words; empty, meaningless, insignificant words spoken by people who don't know the quality of your character or the depth of your heart.
"A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed."
When it comes to living your life, you get to have the first word, the last word and everything in between. No one and that means absolutely nobody can bring you down unless you give them that opportunity. Make sure you (and you alone) have final say in how your life is lived.
Rather than listening to the cynics crow about you and your abilities, why not get out there and show them what you have to offer? By enthusiastically approaching each day with a positive, upbeat, optimistic attitude, you'll not only have the time of your life, you'll make each and every naysayer eat their words as well.
"These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."
Possessing the last word on how your life's story unfolds is one of the most enriching aspects of life itself. Maybe even the most rewarding. Think about it; you have the opportunity to shape, fashion and orchestrate each and every facet of your life.
Not your friends, not your enemies; not even the butcher, the baker or the candlestick maker. You get to make that call; you and you alone. So what are you waiting on? Go ahead, make the call.
Determine where you want to go. Decide what you want to do. And then get busy making those things happen your way, every day of your life.
Before you know it, you'll start doing what others said couldn't be done. In no time at all, you'll start having what others said you could never attain. And best of all, you'll start being the person God put you on earth to become.
Oh, one other thing; you'll shut the critics up once and for all.
The Bottom Line: It's your life, so why not live it your way?
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