Do You Mind Or Do You Matter?



“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind!” – Doctor Seuss

I love Doctor Seuss, because he says things in such a profound and funny way, I can’t help but smiling! Some of the funniest men alive have great intellects! From the past I think of Mark Twain who said, among other things: “All generalisations are false, including this one!” and “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence!” Albert Einstein himself said “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves!”

Today’s quote challenges us to be the person we want to be, to be able to do that you must first define yourself in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. We all need self-respect and yet if you can catch yourself when you use the words “I am” and make a note of what words pass your lips next you’ll soon see whether you need to be encouraged or challenged about the way you see yourself. “I’m a failure!” is a bad confession and even: “I’m just a Mum!” just won’t do.

Let’s say though for the sake of argument that you have a good self-image and you use extremely positive words to follow the many times each day you say “I am … !“ Nevertheless it’s one thing using them within your own thinking, and another thing entirely to say them out loud. As a young person my parents, especially my Mum used to say to me: “Don’t be a big head Andrew, people don’t like big-heads!” So here is an “I am” statement of mine, I learned to use: “I am humble!”

In some ways my Mother got it right, I am as a result of what she said no longer an arrogant man, and yet Dr Seuss has a different angle to speak to us on this very subject. The trouble with what my Mum was saying to me, god bless her, was that we should take account of what other people thought of us, and that led me to become a people pleaser; as well as being a humble, non-arrogant man. On the other hand Dr Seuss tells us why it doesn’t matter what other people think of us!

Keep on keeping on! Love and light from Andrew 🙂 <3

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