I promised myself many months ago that I would stop caring what other people think, and crack on with being me. It turns out that the fear paralysis crept back in again, I stopped blogging, and started hiding from the world whilst I processed this moment. I remembered a collection of powerful words that I read a long time ago and which I re-read in the last few days: Their contents and meaning spoke to me just as much as the very first time I read them.
The following words were mistakenly credited to the great Meryl Streep, when in fact they belong to a Portuguese life coach and public speaker by the name of José Micard Teixeira. In the many discussions about true .vs. false within the world, this note seems so relevant today.
I hope these words resonate with you as they did for me. If they do, then perhaps print or save them, put them somewhere safe, visible or accessible and re-read them should you have a moment in which you need some help.
May we focus only on the truly important things.
With love and gratitude from my present moment in Cape Town.
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me.
I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.
I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping.
I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement.
Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”
Thank you to José Micard Teixiera: These words are beyond potent!