Saturday, February 5, 2011

Call Me, Bob

The prevailing theme that I ascribe to as of late is the idea that "even Mother Theresa had haters;" a quote I discovered in an unlikely location - the pages of Women's Health.

The exact quote [in case you didn't click on the link] goes like this:
Being Disliked
"Instead of worrying about whether so-and-so likes you, ask yourself whether you like so-and-so. Hey, even Mother Teresa had haters."

I look to WH for many things, but life philosophy isn't generally one of them.  So imagine my pleasant surprise one evening flipping through the October (?) issue and coming across this gem of advice.  In fact, this might be one of the most intuitive thoughts-to-print I've even come across.  It seems like this is one of those common sensical positions that is put into words in such an ironic way that you can't help but read it twice - which I did, and then I read it an extra time for good measure [and tweeted it, plus made it my facebook status].  Overkill perhaps, but sharing is caring.

I'm sure you've already realized that people spend a more than necessary amount of time obsessing over social relations, or their lack thereof.  Even if you are someone who is generally liked, it is still plausible for there to be people who don't choose to jump on the bandwagon; and you just have to deal with it.  You, however, do not have to talk, text, tweet, blog about it.  People either will or won't like you either way.

Now some people may have an urge to argue with this logic - but it's really sound intelligence.  Clearly, in some cases you may influence the regards that people have toward you; but on most occasions, personal feelings aside, there is inexplicably and absolutely nothing in your arsenal of control to remedy ill will faced in your directions.

Remember, "Even Mother Teresa had haters!" and she is possibly a saint..and be comforted by that notion.