I woke up this morning an Eeyore. What's even worse is I was a mean Eeyore.
Have you seen the Last Lecture by Randy Pausch? It was big deal when he gave it back in 2007 and when he appeared on Oprah it gained monumental success. I really loved it - just like anyone who views it does. From time to time I forget his lessons and need to jump on YouTube to go back and watch it. He makes a great point in asking people whether they want to be a Tigger or an Eeyore. He was clearly a Tigger.
For the past five years, I put my trust and faith in what I thought were quality people. I was a real live version of the book The Giving Tree. I gave an organization everything I had and when I had nothing left to give and had a problem of my own, they said goodbye and good luck. I was completely heartbroken. yesterday, I became an Eeyore. He was still around this morning and I just couldn't shake him.
I met up with a number of friends for breakfast and complained about my woes. I'm sure I wasn't the greatest of company to be around. When I arrived home, I graded papers and watched videos of Randy Pausch. Each time I watch him, I come out with something new. This time the moment that resonated the strongest was, "experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." The more I watched, the more I felt my inner Tigger coming back.
Here's the thing. People are going to disappoint you. Select carefully who you put your trust in and even expect some of those to fail. You have no control over the people you have invested in, but you do have control over how you react to them. When you wake up every day, you have a choice to be a Tigger or an Eeyore. Sometimes I lose sight of that.
I am a Tigger at heart and as lovable as Eeyore is and as tempting as it is to throw the covers over my head on a metaphorically rainy day, I'm choosing to be a Tigger. Who's with me?
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