I believe it was Dale Carnegie who said “a man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”
I have to remind myself about this OFTEN!
I just want the best for everybody. And I need to believe that each person wants the best for themselves. But you cannot force someone to do something just because you THINK it will be good for them.
We are all at different stages in our growth and development along life’s highway. Some learn what’s best for them sooner rather than later but in most cases it seems that somewhere just past the mid mark on the highway, we begin to understand ourselves a whole lot better and as a result – make better decisions in our favor.
I actually feel sad knowing that there are going to be large numbers of folks who will reach the end of the highway and still have all their potential in them – safely in tact.
Listening to a SUCCESS Cd the other day, leadership guru – John Maxwell reminded me of this story:
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world. ~Author Unknown
Today I continue to want the best for all who interact with me directly, who cross my path occasionally, and who because of someone else’s suggestion – may hear about something I wrote or said.
I want what’s best for everyone and so each day I strive to be a better Giselle Hudson. In that way I’m doing my part and doing ALL that is in my control to do – today.
Some will change, some won’t change but so what? That’s not my business as long as I’m changing – that’s all that matters. The Universe will take care of the rest.