There is one thing that’s certain in life, and it’s the same for all of us – one day we will die.
All those things we hold so near and dear, take so personally, are they are “worth it” ? My experience has been largely not, most of the things we take far too seriously aren’t really that important at all.
Of course there’s a need to maintain decorum and have respect for ourselves and others … well at least for those of us who do actually care about others – but is it really necessary to wear that long face when you think no one else is looking ?
A smile across the bus to a stranger might make someone’s day, it has mine more than once and I’ve seen plenty of others light up when I’ve smiled randomly at them)… if not then more’s the pity for the receiving cynic – they can’t feel the warmth of a genuine well-wisher, which must be a rather lonely place to be, far far too serious for me.
Why would I expect to be happy all the time ? We all do suffer, every last one of us, that’s life – we’re not omnipotent. But do we need to make such a fuss about it ? Probably not, it’s definitely possible to hurt and be happy at the same time. Not always, no one’s perfect or omnipotent – I said that already !
Annoyed, fed up, frustrated, sad or bored – I ask myself, am I taking myself too seriously here, is there a funny side to this or a silver lining ?
If that doesn’t work then go grab a beer, a walk or a sunset, and chill out, life is far too short to grow grey hairs over things that ultimately don’t matter – like people who insist on taking themselves far too seriously 🙂
Or publish something entirely out of character on your blog, live a little, live a lot, if not for God’s sake, then do it for yourself and the ones you love. Who knows others might actually like, connect with and be moved by what you created … stranger things have been known …
(For a very dear friend of mine.)
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26 thoughts on “Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously”
all the best to you… as I read you are in asia. so regards from greece…
here some asia too… these kids would totally agree with your post!
Thanks and thanks for sharing the photos 🙂
This added a bit of positivity to my mood this evening. Thank you, Don.
You’re welcome, positivity is always a bonus in life 🙂
I love giving people smiles when they’re not smiling, and sometimes a simple genuine compliment can turn someone’s day around. I know they make me feel amazing so I’m sure to give them often!
Random acts of kindness 🙂
It’s hard NOT to sometimes
Hard to disagree with that !
Well said! I think perhaps people confuse excellence with taking things too seriously. So yes, you should do your job or housework as well as you can, but if something happens that is beyond your control, shrug it off, roll your eyes, laugh–you are not going to remember this in a month, let alone in a year or more!
Good sense of humour goes a long way … and yes plenty of things happen outside our control, that’s life …
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This is what exactly is going on in my head!!!
Oh my, you made my day. This is exactly what I have in my heart!!! I love this post!!! I will reblog. Thank you Don Charisma!!!!
Thanks, and happy you liked 🙂
You sound seriously wise Don!
LOL ! .. Only on Mondays when I’ve had a whole weekend of R&R … it’s all downhill from there 😀
Sounds more uphill to me 😉
It all seems to work out perfectly in the end, uphill or downhill 🙂
Thank you Obi Wan! Sage advice.I can’t take myself too seriously, I have a 3 yr old and 1 yr old grandsons! To them Grandpa is silly!
LOL … God bless you my friend … hours of fun for the grandkids, and I bet you can tell a tall tale or two to boot 🙂 … try saying that after a couple of beers !
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Vey beautiful i love it
Thanks Isabel 🙂