Thursday’s Wise Thought

“We’re not as great as we think we are.

We’re also not as terrible.”

Those words, uttered to me when I was in my 30′s, are permanently hard-wired into my brain. I often remind myself of the wise advice, usually when I’m brooding over my latest foot-in-mouth moment.

Interestingly, I’ve always thought my friend who uttered these words was repeating a famous quote. Then this morning, when I googled it in preparation for sharing them with you, I discovered there is no author on record, and my friend likely came up with that pearl of wisdom on her own. Most impressive!

Why was this thought floating around my unconscious when I woke up this morning (and, thus, was inspired to share them in a blog post)? I’m not quite sure. No specific screw-up incident stands out.

Maybe, I’m replaying the words of comfort more regularly these days as I walk (and occasionally slip off) the tight-rope of ramping up my private practice.

And/or, perhaps I woke up with those words in my head because one of you Wise Women also needs to hear those words at this juncture of your life, as well. The reminder that extreme thinking (especially about ourselves) is neither accurate nor useful.

Just a thought for a Thursday.

Enjoy your day!


  • Sharon Says:
    7-24-2010 09:46:34

    Don’t you love having wise friends?

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