Woody Allen said it best when asked about "relationships," and he told a story to illustrate. He said I think this story speaks about relationships.
A man came in to see a psychiatrist. When the psychiatrist asked him what the problem was, the man said, "Well, it's my brother. I think he's crazy."
"Why do you think that," asked the Doctor.
"Well," said the man, "he thinks he's a chicken."
"Hmmm" the doctor replied, "that does sound sort of strange. Why don't you bring him in."
"I can't," said the man.
"Well, why not," asked the doctor.
"Because, I need the eggs." the man said.
I guess we are intertwined a little more than we like to think. And, we always see the other's strangeness even though we have just as much of our own strangeness, and often we have "complimentary" strangeness.
The Perfect Girl
A friend asked a gentleman how it is that he never married ?
Replied the gentleman, "Well, I guess I just never met the right woman. I guess I've been looking for the perfect girl."
"Oh, come on now," said the friend, "Surely you have met at least on girl that you wanted to marry."
"Yes, there was one girl once. I guess she was the one perfect girl the only perfect girl I really ever met. She was just the right everything I really mean that she was the perfect girl for me."
"Well, why didn't you marry her," asked the friend.
"She was looking for the perfect man," he said.
The Lion and The cougar
A pointed fable is told about a young lion and a cougar. Both thirsty, the animals arrived at their usual water hole at the same time. They immediately began to argue about who should satisfy their thirst first. The argument became heated, and each decided he would rather die than give up the privilege of being first to quench his thirst. As they stubbornly confronted each other, their emotions turned to rage. Their cruel attacks on each other were suddenly interrupted. They both looked up. Circling overhead was a flock of vultures waiting for the loser to fall. Quietly, the two beasts turned and walked away. The thought of being devoured was all they needed to end their quarrel.
My Declaration of Self Esteem
I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know --
but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.
I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.
Our grand business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what clearly lies at hand
Our problem is not the lack of knowing; it is the lack of doing. Most people know far more than they think they do
Over every mountain there is a part, although it may not be seen from the valley
James D. Rogers
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss is covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives
Placing the blame is a bad habit, but taking the blame is a sure builder of character
Dr. O. A. Battista
Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing
Arnold H. Glasow
Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to do it, and doing it
Realistic goals: Beyond your grasp - but within your reach
Self-confidence in itself, is of no value. It is useful only when put to work
Self-trust is the first secret of success
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means
Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone
Since praise reassures individuals, It helps them neutralize doubts they have about themselves
Small opportunities are often the beginnings of great enterprises
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