I saw a “motivational” poster once that read
“If better is possible, then good is not enough.”
SHENANIGANS! I’m calling shenanigans!
I’ve been thinking a lot about that word ‘good’ lately. We live in a society that makes “good” seem like an underachievement. A society where being a C student somehow makes you below average. A society where you’re expected to be a VP of Something by 35.
That’s a lot of pressure to put on ourselves, don’t you think?
Here’s the thing…there are people who are great at what they do – LeBron James, Stephen Hawking, JK Rowling, to name a few – and we should appreciate them for their skills and contributions to their particular field. But, crikey, at the end of the day LeBron is just putting a ball through a hoop and JK is just putting words on paper. (Hawking is doing funky black-hole / time-travel stuff that I’ll never fully understand).
Who are the two women in the pictures below? (I’ll give you a hint, one of them has done so much good that she won the Nobel Peace Prize on her 18th birthday. The other one is famous for the junk in her trunk.)
Yeah, butts over bravery, right?
The Permission Giver
You know what I am? Not sure how our when it happened, but I’ve come to realize that I am a fully empowered Permission Giver. So here’s what I’m going to do for you. I’m going to give you the permission to:
not be great
be a C student
not be nervous if you ever meet LeBron or any other “celebrity” because they’re just another bundle of carbon-based cells like you
be the last guy off the bench
buy and wear clothes from Target and Kohls
be proud of yourself for publishing your book, playing in a garage band, and sharing your artwork
not keep up with the Joneses (nobody likes the freakin’ Joneses anyway)
forgive yourself for past and future failings
be proud of trying your best, regardless of the outcome
BE A GOOD PERSON WHO MAKES GOOD DECISIONS AND DOES GOOD FOR OTHERS
I think if we can start doing these things, we’ll all be able to feel a little more good about ourselves. :)