Whatever you are… be a good one

I have a number of favorite quotes and am constantly finding new phrases to inspire or remind me of something important to me. This quote by Abraham Lincoln sits in the middle of my refridgerator door on a plain white 4″x4″ magnet yet I don’t always notice it… today however, it popped me upside the head. “Yo Jen! Stop slacking and just do what you do and do it well!”. I needed to hear that – and loudly. I’ve been struggling to find a direction. My creativity is running ramped with ideas and things I’d like to try, yet my to-do list is lacking time to add more and part of me is fighting back with the “but you need to learn how to…” every 5 minutes.

What I was reminded of today was…

It’s not about what you do specificially, but how you do it. I don’t think it matters if you are a big celebrity in your own world if you aren’t good at it… nor does it matter if you’re a tiny fish in that big sea, if you are darn good at what you do, then you’re doing something very right. It doesn’t matter if you’re a huge name in some facet of the universe, if you aren’t a good person, what does your skill reallymatter to the rest of the population? Not much – the “goodness” of it, whatever “it” is, lends to the majority of the value.

Whatever you are, be a good one
Whatever you are, be a good one

I think the key is that straight forward and simple…

Whatever you are, be a good one – gosh darnit

12 thoughts on “Whatever you are… be a good one”

  1. Absolutely excellent advice! I wish the entire world would take it to heart and practice it every day … all day … it would make the world a better place to live and each of us would be better people who liked ourselves and each other much more. I think we could accomplish miracles together just practicing this quote!

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  2. Absolutely excellent advice! I wish the entire world would take it to heart and practice it every day … all day … it would make the world a better place to live and each of us would be better people who liked ourselves and each other much more. I think we could accomplish miracles together just practicing this quote!

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  3. I'm glad to see someone else is having a problem with getting stuck in the details of HOW to do it right when in fact just getting started DOING it.. whatever it is is always half the battle.

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  4. I'm glad to see someone else is having a problem with getting stuck in the details of HOW to do it right when in fact just getting started DOING it.. whatever it is is always half the battle.

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  5. I love this because I believe that there is a place for everyone…everyone just needs to find it! I really appreciate when I see somebody taking pride in something that you wouldn't expect. For example, I was at the convention center a couple of weeks ago and was parking in the garage and the attendant was just jamming to her music and taking money and smiling the whole time. Another attendant gave her a look like “what are you so happy about?” and she replied “I just love my job!” It made me smile and think about how great it is to encounter someone like that.

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  6. I love this because I believe that there is a place for everyone…everyone just needs to find it! I really appreciate when I see somebody taking pride in something that you wouldn't expect. For example, I was at the convention center a couple of weeks ago and was parking in the garage and the attendant was just jamming to her music and taking money and smiling the whole time. Another attendant gave her a look like “what are you so happy about?” and she replied “I just love my job!” It made me smile and think about how great it is to encounter someone like that.

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