Archive | February 14, 2013

Charlie Doesn’t Live Here Any More

(This is a repost. Originally I put it out there several years ago at Christmas. I noticed several ‘Charlie Brown Valentine’s Day’ messages on Facebook this morning and felt it was time to resurrect this one.)

The Poster Boy for Bullying

The Poster Boy for Bullying

How many Charlie Brown fans are out there? Who else grew up anticipating the seasonal specials on television, and carried that eagerness into adulthood, safely concealed within the inner child?

Most of Charlie’s fans literally relate to him. He taps an inner suspicious insecurity that whispers into ears and creates performance anxiety in all walks of life.  Despite clear and irrefutable evidence of a person’s capability in one or more areas, that little Charlie sitting on his shoulder will always misread a situation and tell him he made a total fool of himself.

If you give voice to it, and allow others to realize how much you undervalue yourself, you diminish your estate in the eyes of other people and your self-pronounced assessments become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Have you ever come away from a meeting or gathering convinced that the whole world now knows what a lunk head you are?  Have you pondered extricating yourself from the group or committee, only to be astounded by the feedback suggesting that you did an admirable job and your esteem in the eyes of others has been elevated?

You limit yourself when you maintain an underdog mind set. You squander the talents and gifts bestowed upon you at birth by genetics and celestial power. You sabotage your own potential. You may even subconsciously do it thinking it will speed the process up since it is inevitable anyway. Give your head a shake! Gently.

No more self-flagellation.