Never Take Yourself Too Damn Seriously

by Daniel · 0 comments

“The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative, the second is disastrous.”  – Margot Fonteyn

I was out of work and sober for the first time in my life.  It was 1990 and I had lost my job because I opened my mouth before I thought about it.  I had no plans I simply walked in and told my supervisor that I was leaving in February, it was the end of November!  You should have seen the shock on my face when he said, “if that is the case lets simply consider today your last day!”

Oh boy, I guess I was expecting him to say something like, “Dan, you have been great for us and I hate to see you go, what can we do to keep you?”  My ego was smashed.  But worse yet the economy was not in a favorable way.  Oops I did it again, open mouth insert foot.  I learned a lot about myself and my life at that time.  I am a compulsive person, I make decisions emotionally, and when I do I pay for it!

I remember going to a meeting and sharing about my pain.  I was waddling on about how I could not believe this guy did this to me.  I had expenses to pay, my fiance was not happy with me, my child support could not be paid, and on and on and on I went.  After the meeting an oldtimer grabbed me in the parking lot and shared with me “Rule # 62” in the fellowship, “Don’t take yourself too damn seriously.”

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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