Run from poisonous opinions.

Who are you and what are you made of?  Do you ever ask yourself this question? Do you ever give yourself an answer, or are you held captive by your own questions. Well the fact is that most people are looking for the answer to this question about themselves and tend to push it off on others by questioning who the other person is or isn’t. It’s not that they are that inquisitive about what are the building blocks that make up another individuals stature and character, but rather they have been unable to come to some conclusions about themselves. This carries over to their daily life and the way they interact with the people around them. This is dangerous in that because many of us are asking these questions inside of our heads, we are often vulnerable to hear an answer, ANY answer too! So you start a new job or embark on a new project and start achieving success in your efforts, only to find that every one is not celebrating with you, and some downright hate the fact you are succeeding. You start immediately questioning whether or not you should be doing what you are doing, and if you’re going in the right direction. Validation very seldom comes in a pure way when we are looking for it. You see what takes place inside us when someone agrees with what we are doing and who we are is a sort of passive assurance that we’re alright. That same assurance will become the victim of another feeling that comes when we meet resistance from often the same one who affirmed us in the first place. So there we go living life, up today and down tomorrow. We never get the chance to experience a consistent mental and emotional plateau. Time is wasted when we go through our days wondering aimlessly or should I say purposeless. It’s like you’re being prostituted in what you’re doing. Don’t get me wrong, there is always the possibility of doing what you do and receiving some gratification and satisfaction, however, what happens all too often is that others enjoy or benefit from your labor and toil, while you search endlessly for acceptance and real purpose for your efforts. The bottom line is, don’t wait for this to come from another PERSON! Validation of your life starts and flows outward from within. Everything that you’ll ever need to succeed is already growing inside of you. Listen, you are the product of a master craftsmen, potter, builder & mind! There is nothing that anyone else can tell you about yourself that is unknown to the creator. Ask him and then take some time to listen as he speaks to you through your family, your daily activity, friends, nature, and of course his own words written in that universal Best Seller! Get the facts straight from the author and finisher. If you’re like me, you don’t like playing games dealing with the middle man, and those who spend time guessing and speculating. I like to hear it from the head cheese!

You and I have got one life and one life only. That’s one with an ‘O’! The only one you have. Don’t waste time with the opinions of others. Start listening then speaking back to your own self what is truth and what is fact. You can, you will, you must, not only survive but succeed!

Copyright © 2006 Kenneth Martin, Jr.

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