“I never know how much of what I say is true.” ~ Bette Midler
This is an interesting perspective to me. This quote was in one of my daily readers a few days ago and it’s been lingering in my mind ever since. I know this statement will bring up different things for different people, so let me share where my mind went with this.
Years ago, when I was much younger, I thought I knew just about everything. I spent a lot of energy telling people why I was right and I expected them to agree with me when all was said and done. This approach did not bring about the results I was expecting.
Instead, this approach brought me to a place of loneliness and isolation. My relationships with friends and family were strained and uncomfortable. I believed I was doing something wrong, but I couldn’t figure out what it was or how to fix it. I couldn’t see how I was trying to force people to acknowledge I was right.
Over the years, I found out that much of what I thought I knew was completely wrong. I also found out it’s okay to say “I don’t know”. The opening quote reminds me of these experiences. The things I used to say were truth to me at the time, but most of it wasn’t true after all.
Lessons have been learned (often the hard way). Pride has been replaced with humility. I willingly open my mind to new ideas. I’ve also become willing to admit when I’m wrong. There’s no shame in being honest. I know I can ask for help and find the right answers, in the present moment. It’s a good deal after all.
As I said in the beginning, inspirational quotes bring up many things for different people. Did this quote from Bette Midler bring up anything for you? If so, share it in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you. You never know who you might help just by sharing a new perspective.
Have a magnificent day!
Categories: Personal Experiences