I was on the phone and wanted to write down something the other person said. So I thought I would start a note on my phone - a list, really, but I don't want to use confusing terminology. Turned out I already had one (so much for remembering everything - is there a point in writing things down if you don't remember that you have?). The note:
  1. Don't worry about what people are thinking about you, because they aren't.
    Jake Eberts, film producer (1941 - 2012). Chariots of Fire  (1981),  Gandhi  (1982),  Dances with Wolves (1990), etc. Apparently a very modest and down to earth man, drove his leased Camry to meetings with chauffeur-driven others.
  2. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
    Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)
  3. The underlying message (of mysteries) is that no matter how difficult problems are in life - in your own life or in the life of a country or society - in the end they can always be resolved, not by divine intervention or good luck, but by human intelligence, human courage, human perseverance.
    P. D. James (1920-2014), British novelist. The underlying message of life, too, perhaps.
  4. I said yes every time. I would never hem and haw. You should say yes to every opportunity that comes along. Don't think for a second you can't do something. Just do it and learn about it.
    Terry Davis (b. 1951), CEO, Home Hardware. Started in the stockroom. Now competing against the mega chains. I love the sequencing of the "do it and learn about it" phrase. 1st Do. That's how you learn.
  5. You will never be happy unless you are stupid.
    My bank advisor, on a phone call. Born in the Balkans - does that explain it? When I expressed some surprise, she said, What, are you happy? Me: Well, Yes, sometimes. Her: Maybe then at some point in my life I can progress to being like you... This was the one that got me thinking that I needed to write these down, and then found I already had.
  6. Bonus: someone once wrote (something to the effect of): Don't worry about what others think of you, you are just a bit player in their story/ drama...
    Do you know this quote? If so, please tell me who wrote it! I think it was a female psychologist; I first saw it in a newspaper interview with her. Foolishly did not write it down at the time. Now it has spread and can be googled to the point where it's hard to find the origin.
  7. I note that three of these are about what others may or may not be thinking about you. I don't know why that is.