I was listening to Bob Dylan the other day, and it took me back to when I went to see him play in London, about 10 years ago.
I went with a friend who was very cool, and worked in the music industry.
When we arrived, there was a band on stage.
I turned to my friend and said jauntily, "Who are these cats?!"
(Yes, I believe I used the word "cats"; don't judge me ;)
My friend looked confused, and said, slowly: "Erm… that’s Bob Dylan".
Cringe... I thought it was the support act. I felt like such an idiot!
Listening to Bob Dylan again reminded me of this: how embarrassed I felt.
Which led me down the path of all the embarrassing things I’ve done over the years.
But then I realized something else: how many times do you think my friend has thought about this incident?
Maybe once, after the event.
Probably no more than that. And she’s definitely not thinking about it now, I bet!
So, the embarrassing things we say and do… no one‘s thinking about them.
No one‘s giving them a moment's thought.
They're too busy thinking about their OWN embarrassing moments!
We know this – but sometimes we need a little reminder.
So, my reminder to you...
No one‘s as concerned about us, as we are. (In a good way.)
No one's beating us up, as much as we are!
So do we really need to?
How much are we actually growing, when we do this?
Or is it better to take the past the only way we need to: for laughing and learning?
Laugh if you want, but enough beating yourself up.
There isn't a single person on this planet who hasn’t said or done something embarrassing. No exceptions.
Presidents, celebrities, religious leaders, TV personalities...
So have a laugh. Let it go.
And move on to the important stuff: love, laughing, growing, and connecting.
To finish, in the words of Bob Dylan:
"Don't think twice; it's alright." :)
Wishing you a great week!