Thursday, 21 December 2017

Where you're at. . .

The best part of learning is just loving. . . 
Dedicated to everyone who needs a reminder about where they're at. . . 

I keep my dirt on the surface so you don't gotta dig
The people didn't make me nervous, tried to hide all their sins
And I've got no reason to cover my tracks
The best part of learning is just loving where you're at 

People will always try to find things out about you, try to pin things on you where mud doesn't stick.  But if you know that you have your own dirt and try to hide it, there are a couple of things you can do.  1) Try not to have dirt in the first place or 2) Put your dirt out there for all to see, if perfection or being squeaky clean isn't something you're particularly bothered with maintaining.  It's natural though right?  When you meet people for the first time, and you spark a genuine interest in them, you want to find out what makes them tick and what they find important in life - their values, belief systems and how they treat others.  That last one is an important one for me.  Often you can't really find out that last part unless you witness something yourself or information presents itself and later confirmed.  Like you didn't even go searching for it - they either reveal it themselves and then want to know what you think about what they've revealed.  I've heard it all these days.  Literally.  And nothing bothers me about anyone anymore.  I guess that's part of me learning where I'm at with my fellow humans.

So love where you're at, yeah, love where you're at
And keep your dirt on the surface and just love where you're at 

Do you love where you're at?
Christmas is literally around the corner and not long after, we'll be heading into the new year.
What new resolutions are you hoping to put in place for next year?  If you lack in self discipline, then it might be a good idea to try and master that first about yourself, learn to take on board commitments - no matter how small - and keep meeting your commitment goals until you reach that first mountain of commitment.  A lot of the time we fool ourselves into thinking that we can tackle commitments - to people or events - but we sometimes self sabotage by aiming too high and never really plan carefully enough to ensure success in meeting those commitments.  We all know, once we've failed in reaching or meeting a commitment, you get famous for being "that guy" - who can't complete a task or be relied upon to deliver anything worthwhile.  My high school Latin and Classical Studies teacher talked about (ok, she drilled into us) the importance of being able to do things to the best of our ability, and that if we said we were going to do something, that we better follow through.  Dictum meum pactum - my word is my bond.  That's something I try to live by, especially when helping people.  Whatever words I choose to escape my lips, rest assured that I have every intention of following through.



I wear my sins on my collar so everyone sees
And there ain't no bother in spreading rumours about me
I ain't no angel, but I ain't so bad
And the best part of learning is just loving where you're at

I don't think there is enough room on my collar for my sins to fit so that everyone can see.
When people disclose to me their sins, at first I used to think - why are you telling me?
Now I understand that the reason why people show me where they have come from and why there are in their current state - is because they want someone to be there for them to listen, reassure, hold their hand and not judge.  It's really hard not being able to judge people isn't it?  But it's one thing I've been actively trying to learn how to do and I think I've started to make inroads (within myself) about how I treat others in this regard. Even if I've been mistreated or whatever by people, I will always (to my detriment) keep giving them the benefit of the doubt.  And this is no sign of weakness.  Don't get it twisted on that.  If anything it shows great forgiveness on my part to be able to reconcile the ego and the pride that comes from being hurt, and pushing past that, to recognise the bigger picture.  It's like looking at a great masterpiece, a great work of art and only fixating on a small part of the painting - when we never really appreciate the work in its entirety.  Remember, people will only spread rumours about you, because they can't do what you do.  They wish they did, but they can't.  You're the one with the gifts and talents that are highly sought after.  So keep hustling and stay true to yourself.  I ain't no angel but I ain't so bad.  I'm just in between.

So love where you're at, yeah love where you're at
And keep your dirt on the surface and just love where you're at
So love where you're at, yeah love where you're at
And keep your dirt on the surface and just love where you're at
So love where you're at, yeah love where you're at
And keep your dirt on the surface and just love where you're at
So love where you're at, yeah love where you're at
And keep your dirt on the surface and just love where you're at

I hope that as the year draws to an end, as you're spending time next week celebrating Christmas or the festive season with your loved ones, that you understand how much you mean to the world. You might be questioning where your life is taking you at this moment and you might be starting to develop the holiday blues.  Take some time to reflect.  Have a think about how far you've come.  Look at and appreciate all of the milestones that you've achieved.  If you're not satisfied about the lack of progress - do something about it.  A friend complemented me just this morning about my self discipline and single minded focus on a task I was working on - and I said to her, well, there will be plenty of time for fun and partying, but for right now - I need to do what I'm doing to set myself up for the rest of my career.  I truly believe that.  So even if people don't understand you right now and don't know where you're coming from - as long as you believe that voice inside of you that tells you to get out of bed each morning, that little voice that keeps encouraging you to believe in you when noone else will - pay attention to that voice.  I'm learning to love all of that about myself.  I tell you, it continues to put a smile on my face.  And the best part of learning is just loving where you're at. . .