Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ever feel like you've been misunderstood? Ever get into an argument just because you've changed your opinion?

Perhaps we all at times have felt like we've been misunderstood by co-workers, family and even by a close friend. Or perhaps we may express one opinon one day and have a more developed opinion the next day. Ever hear "Well, that's not what you said yesterday!??"

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes that I return to every so often to help me stay grounded when those around me believe I should think the same, day after day, year after year -- when I'm not the same person I was just yesterday. Certainly not the same as I was last year and hope to God that I'm not the same next year.

Celebrate the greatness within you as you read:

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today...Is it so bad then to be misunderstood?

"Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.

"To be great is to be misunderstood."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson