In Others’ Words: You Can’t Always Get What You Want … Or Can You?
This quote baffles me.
I wish I could sit across from the illustrious Mark Twain and ask, “Who were you hanging out with?”
I mean, really? He couldn’t find anyone who could tell him what they wanted out of life? And then there’s that other part of the quote — the first part — where Twain boldly proclaims that he teach anyone how to get what they want out of life. But I’m skipping over that segment of the quote. I wouldn’t ask Twain his secret(s) to success because I’m stunned that the people he knew didn’t know what they wanted from life.
I know lots of different people who know what they want from life — and I’m not talking a Miss Congeniality “I want world peace” kind of answer. Not that “world peace” is a bad thing to want. It’s just wrong if you’re parrotting the expected answer to the question.
I know what I want out of life because I’ve paused long enough to consider my values. My core values determine what I want … what I’m working toward.
Here’s one thing I want: I want to live an honest life.
I talked about this with my friend Casey the other day. Living an honest life doesn’t mean you have to be belligerent or in-your-face about who you are or what you believe or where you came from. But living honestly means you don’t let other people whitewash over the facts of your life because it makes them more comfortable.
In Your Words: Let’s take on Mark Twain today, shall we? Join the conversation and share what you want out of life. And if you want to, go ahead and share how you’re getting what you want out of life!
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