Here’s another inspiring story sent to me recently by a friend. I wish I knew who the author of it was so I could give them the credit they deserve.
One can be very happy without demanding
that others agree with them.
― Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
You may be surprised to know that there are still people who believe that the earth is flat. The Flat Earth Society was founded in 1956 by Samuel Shenton and continues to have adherents to this day. The group believes that, despite all scientific evidence to the contrary, the earth is not round. They explain the NASA moon landings as a hoax engineered in a television studio, and have elaborate theories of the earth as a large flat disk.
Since everything science has demonstrated about the earth proves conclusively that the earth is a sphere, the notion of a flat earth seems ridiculous to just about all of us. Yet there are people who still choose to believe the idea.
If you wait for everyone in the world to agree on something, even as simple as a round earth, you will wait forever. All human beings are free to believe whatever they wish, and there will always be some who disagree with you, no matter how sound your reasoning is. So if you hoping for universal agreement or approval . . . don’t hold your breath.
Even more subtly, talent, beauty, and value are entirely subjective. You may have the greatest book, movie, song, or artwork in history, but there will always be someone who doesn’t appreciate it. So don’t be put off if your mother doesn’t understand your novel. She does understand how to make a fabulous lasagna, and the world is a better place for it.
The more approval you need, the less power you have to mastermind your unique creations. Sure, it feels great when others applaud your efforts, and when that happens, celebrate. But if they do not, be not daunted. If you applaud your creations, they are excellent indeed.
You need not flatten your earth just because others do theirs. Love doesn’t just make the world go round; it gives the world far more dimension than some believe.
What have you been waiting for other people to approve of?
Can you find satisfaction in your own approval of it?
I know what I know, and that’s all I need to know.
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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.