Yesterday’s story about the mermaid or the whale was especially pithy I thought. Can you imagine in your wildest dreams of actually choosing to be a whale?
What I loved about the story is that the writer used her powers of deductive reasoning to cull out all of the good inherent to being a whale, and I believe that this is the secret for every one of us.
In my experience, every one of us thinks he or she has “one thing wrong” and that this one flaw is devastating. Fat people think it’s their fat. Poor people think it’s their poverty. And on and on.
It’s never about the one thing wrong: it’s about thinking that the supposed one thing wrong it is. It never is. I’ve had people tell me all my life “I never see you as fat.” But I saw me as fat. So who was right and who was wrong? I was wrong for much of my life.
The better idea is to focus on the inventory of the things in your life that are right and hold your focus there. Do you know what is good about you? If you get busy and discover that your one best forté is writing, for example, and you work to foster writing skills, you’ll become so successful in writing that you won’t care about your supposed “one thing wrong.”
Let’s all be whales.