“The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you you’re not good enough. On occasion, some may be correct. But do not do their work for them. Seek any job; ask anyone out; pursue any goal. Don’t take it personally when they say ‘no’ — they may not be smart enough to say ‘yes.” — Keith Olberman
This quote came my way earlier today through a friend on Instagram which is one of my favorite social networks. It impressed me so much that I shared it with my students and I hope that helped improve their self esteem today. Too many times we send or receive the wrong messages about ourselves and those we come in contact with each day. We all fall short of our ideals, but it’s quotes like that one that bring the importance of a humble belief in our own abilities and worth that can have a transformational effect not only on ourselves but all of those around us. Christians will soon begin the season of Advent. Besides the liturgical meaning of Advent there is the traditional meaning which is the arrival of a notable person or event. I hope that we can all experience an arrival of significance in our own lives and the lives of the people we meet each day.
Take time to tell those around you how much they mean to you. Complement everyone you meet. Go out of your way to be a positive influence in your workplace.