“What people think of you is none of your business.” Anonymous
When I’m around a group of people, I’m reminded of what I know my purpose is now and what I practiced for years as my purpose … wrongly.
We’re called to love God and love people. Instead of doing that, I wasted years analyzing what I thought people thought about me, and trying to get them to like me if I thought they didn’t. All that thinking and I don’t remember being concerned about what God thought.
My friend Betty said something that stuck with me and made a difference, and she couldn’t have been more right. Some people like me. Some don’t. Most are preoccupied with who likes them.
“Twenty percent of people are going to like you no matter what you do. Twenty percent are going to dislike you no matter what you do. The other 60 percent are thinking about themselves.”
As long as I debated about who liked me and who didn’t, I didn’t like myself. Trying to figure out and control what others thought about me turned out to be a silly goal. Some of us set it without even realizing it.
To straighten out our purpose, all it takes is to stop thinking about what others think of us and serve them instead.
Do you worry about what people think of you? Now’s a good time to stop and serve.
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As per usual you’ve nailed it.. another lesson I wish I’d learned and abided by many years ago. Gosh I wasted a lot of good times and energy that would come in handy as I’ve grown more mature and hopefully wiser. Always was a day or a dollar late. I’ve got a pretty good hold on it now and you are inspiring me more each day. I couldn’t thank you enough. Thank you for the daily dose of good stuff ! It’s way better than my past antidotes .. I love you and look forward to the next one .
Connie, I’m right there with you. I wish I had known, but I’m happy we’re learning and practicing it now. Even happier that we’re on this journey together. Thanks, my friend! I love you much. ❤️