Here's my one share-worthy piece of wisdom for this week. I transcribed it from an interview on the interweb, a poem written by Mavis Karn as a gift for her students she once spent time with on summer camp. Decades later, she learned at least one student still had it folded up in his wallet...
"Dear Kids, Former Kids and Kids at Heart,
I have a secret to tell you.
Nobody meant to keep it from you, it’s just one of those things that’s so obvious, people can’t see it, like looking everywhere for your keys when they’re right there in your hand.
The secret is, that you are already a completely whole and perfect person.
You are not damaged goods.
You are not incomplete.
You are not flawed.
You are not unfinished.
You do not need remodelling, or fixing, or major rehabilitation.
You already have within you everything you need to live a wonderful life.
You have common sense, you have wisdom and genius, you have creativity, humour, self-esteem, you have love in your heart.
You are missing nothing.
The only thing that can keep you from enjoying all that you already are is a thought.
Not someone else’s thought.
Whatever thought you are thinking in the moment that feels more important to think than feeling grateful, alive, content, joyful, optimistic, loving and at peace.
That’s the only thing coming between you and happiness.
And guess who’s in charge of your thinking?
Guess who gets to decide where your attention goes?
Guess who gets to write, produce, direct and star in the moment you’re in the middle of?
Not your past (stored thought.)
Not the future (did you ever notice that it never shows up?)
Not your parents or siblings.
Or your friends, ditto.
They all think their own thoughts.
Or school, or television or situations or circumstances or anything else.
Thinking is an awesome capability.
Like any capability, it can be used either as a tool, or as a weapon against ourselves and others.
Just like any other tool, we can tell whether we’re using it for or against ourselves by how we feel.
When we think against ourselves or others we feel low, or get ourselves into trouble.
When we don’t, we usually feel OK and stay out of trouble.
Feelings exist to warn us away from using our thinking to create trouble in our lives and to guide us back to our natural, healthy ability to live our lives to the fullest.
So please, remember that our thoughts are not always telling us the truth.
When we’re in a low mood, feeling down, our thoughts are not to be trusted.
Our IQs drop.
When our thoughts pass and we lighten up, our thinking is once again creative, positive.
Our IQs go up.
The only way you can feel badly about yourself and your life is if you think badly about them.
It’s up to you, every single minute you’re alive.
It’s always up to you.
This is the best, most liberating secret I’ve ever learned, and I want you to know it too.
Mavis Karn ♥️
How does this resonate for you? I’d love to know! Please send an email if you’d like to. I respond to all messages…
Thanks for reading!