BRIGHT SPOTS FRIDAY: Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously


I kicked the rig out of frustration during Barbara on Monday! I was reminded not long afterwards how “important” Barbara is in the grand scheme of my life.

I started thinking what it would be like to be important in this world. To be famous…

Who can forget Philo Farnsworth? We all know the story of this farm boy from just outside Beaver, Utah. After all, he helped open entirely new avenues for entertainment, information and exploration. His image on a U.S. Postage stamp is indelible. His 20th century invention, the image dissector changed the way people all over the world talk to each other, learn about things and entertain themselves. We all know where we were when we heard of his passing on March 11, 1971 at the all-too-young age of 64.

How nice to be remembered, especially if your life is still making a difference for others, even decades, or perhaps CENTURIES later. But what good does it do you TODAY? You can try really hard to be one of the few whose mark on our culture endures for a long time. Or you can focus simply on making the most of your limited time here… by keeping your problems and worries in perspective.

And maybe the best way to accomplish this is to remember: DON’T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY. Nothing is THAT important. In the grand scheme of the universe, the Earth is tiny. We are even smaller. The things we say and do are EVEN SMALLER.

The more you learn to lighten up and are able to laugh at yourself, the more you can enjoy your life, and let go of things when they don’t work out as planned. Learning how to lighten up and find the silliness and joy in life can make such a huge change in your life.

Marcus Aurelius once wrote, “Alexander the Great and his mule driver both died and the same thing happened to both.” What he was expressing was simple… Even if you do something so amazing that you leave a lasting legacy, you will be buried in the same dirt as everyone else! Even if you do something as transforming as invent the television (aka the “image dissector”), you will likely be forgotten not long after you leave life.

So why not live it first?

What is your Bright Spot this week…