"The only thing more important
than your to-do list is your to-be list.
The only thing more important
than your to-be list is to be."
-- Alan Cohen
New: Audio version
[Classic post from 6-4-15]
Yesterday, I talked about going to the bank and conversations and attitudes toward work and play--or better, what they want to do versus what they have to do and how they cannot wait until they can cease doing what they have to do so they can do what they want to do, or at least not be doing what they have to do regardless of whether what they do when they are not working is play or fun or something else. Whew!
One of the things those bank tellers told me a short time ago is that I'm one of their favorite customers. I asked why. They said it was because I never complain, have no issues waiting in line from time to time, always seem happy, and always have nice things to say. They said that some of those other customers are not happy people.
I think people just forget to be. They get all hot to trot about this and that and that and this and the clock and how long this is taking and they want to be doing what they want to be doing rather than standing in this line, or having this mistake they have to fix, or whatever. I've talked about this before and how silly it is to watch it from where I am in my world these days.
To be or not to be. That is the question. To be what? Impatient? Uncaring? Angry? Upset? Insulted? Victimized? Stressed? Unhappy? Lacking? Upsetting? I wonder if that works for them. Maybe there is some kind of payoff in it for them.
How about being happy! Patient. Kind. Thoughtful. Caring. Pleasant. Calm. Confident. At peace. Joyous. Abundant. Loving. Inspiring. Uplifting.
The Last Paragraph Is Me Now. I Guarantee It Is Way Better Than The Other.
Spread Some Joy Today--by demonstrating your calm good nature. You won't ever have to point it out. People will see it. And appreciate you.