I always wonder whether we prefer the Superhero, or their alter ego. Is Bruce Wayne cooler than Batman? Would we rather be Tony Stark or Iron Man? Is there something of Clark Kent to which we can all relate, as opposed to his Super powers, which none of us have?
Anyway, one line stuck with me when I watched the (new) Batman films:
Why do we fall, sir?
So that we might learn to pick ourselves up.
What matters is not why we fall, or fail, but how we respond to such things. Do we lie on the floor rolling around like Italian footballers, expecting the magic sponge treatment each time? Or do we get up, dust ourselves off and continue on our journey with even more enthusiasm than before, trying to learn and avoid the same potholes in the future?
How we fall sometimes isn’t up to us. How we react is.
I was thinking of writing some sort of ‘Letter to my Son’, being as I had one 11 weeks ago. Then I started jotting ideas down and realised that pretty much all of the memorable advice I’ve had has been lines in films, books and songs. Basically, due to my complete lack of original ideas, I scrapped it and decided to write posts based on these quotes instead. Maybe he’ll read this blog in the future anyway.
Not sure yet how many there’ll be. I might find enough for a year’s worth of weekly posts or, knowing me, I’ll start thinking that this is all a bit crap after the first three.
So, first up:
‘If you think you’ve won you never saw me change
The game that we have been playing‘ You Know My Name, Chris Cornell.
(There was always going to be some James Bond reference wasn’t there? I can’t guarantee that this will be the last)
You can only lose a game if you’re playing the same rules as everyone else. ‘Success’ to one man is a fancy suit, an even fancier car, and a big job making tons of money. Whilst to another it may be having no need for lots of money, but being able to grow his own vegetables and becoming as self-sufficient as he can.
How can you judge their relevant successes against one another?
You can’t be beaten by anyone if you’re not playing their game. Everyone’s game is different, let them play theirs, you play your own. It’s the only way to win.
Short week in work this week. I think 3 day working weeks should become the norm.
If ‘Being Yourself’ inherently involves trying to please others, and yet trying to please others is not seen as the way to ‘Be Yourself’, should you?
My British Lions team, from the squad chosen this week, would be:
Deep(ish) thought of the week: Expectation is the mother of Disappointment. Disappointment only occurs when you expect a certain outcome which doesn’t occur. Difficult to eradicate expectation though. And would you, if you could?
Enjoy the weekend, all.