Burma's democracy leader and political prisoner, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, once said, "If you're feeling helpless, help someone."
As I've been struggling with feelings of scarcity and exhaustion these last two weeks, I've tried to apply Suu Kyi's wisdom. I'm trying to overcome feelings of scarcity by practicing generosity and gratitude.
In my efforts to be generous I've paid for the car behind me at Starbucks twice this past week. During one of my generosity-gratitude efforts I noticed myself feeling very self-conscious about the whole thing. I was at this painfully hip, urban Starbucks. The people who worked there were tattooed and pierced and so cool it hurt. The two guys in the car behind me looked like the guys from Flight of the Concords.
When I pulled up to the window I started to question myself. The shame chatter was, "They'll think I'm naive and silly and really, really uncool."
I took a deep breath and remembered the Guidepost from my research that reads:
Cultivate laughter, play, song, and dance.
Let go of being cool and fitting in.
I paid for the coffee (mine and the super cool guys behind me) and drove away happy and smiling.
I'm giving up on cool. I'm boycotting "cool" and the languate that goes along with it: Lame, loser, uncool, boring . . . all the teenage words that still hurt and keep us from being our most uncool, wonderfully goofy selves.
Nice rocks. Always has. Always will.
Isn't is wonderful! This is one of my favorite quotes of all times!
In order to win the "YES" notebook leave a comment answering the following questions (before Monday):
Who/what are you trusting today?
Who/what are you grateful for today?
Who/what is inspiring you today?
Today, I'm trusting kindness.
I'm grateful for courage.
I'm inspired by all of the people who let their freak flags fly!
I'll pick two winners on Monday! Can't wait to read your TGIFs!
Congrats to Terri Fischer and Lorie Hartman!
Send me your addresses so I can get these adorable notepads to you!