Thursday, May 13, 2010

What's Scary and What Isn't

Different things scare different folks. A bold move for one person is routine for another, and vice versa.

For example, if I tried to take the stand that this bird is so casually doing, I would be bold, indeed. On the other hand, I've done some things that this fellow would absolutely quail at.

My point, punnery aside, is that comparisons, in the case of courage, are not only odious, they simply don't work. Best to avoid comparing ourselves with others in any way.

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Kendra said...

Such a simple (though not simplistic) and great reminder. Thank you!


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Peggy Payne said...

And I love your site, Kendra. I may well sign on; though my email box already runs pretty full. I love your use of joyful moments and the joy journal.

Tracy said...

I'm reminded of this concept each day I walk into my classroom and ask students to engage in tasks that are more difficult for some than others. While one student claims, 'This is easy!' and another sits and looks at me with pleading eyes as if to say, 'you really want me to do this?'
I've always relayed to my students that while I may give them tasks that seem difficult, I will always be there to catch them if they fall, making the leap a little less daunting.

Peggy Payne said...

I can see those "pleading eyes," Tracy. Well said.

And within hours after I wrote this post, I actually asked myself, "Why does Steve Martin get so much more done than I do?" Hard to break the comparison habit.