“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
You can depend on Eleanor Roosevelt to speak the truth 100% of the time. She was, after all, our first “modern day” First Lady. She was the the First Lady that Hillary Rodham Clinton most wanted to emulate. With that being said, let’s get to the crux to what Mrs. Roosevelt said in the quote above. Essentially, she means that you shouldn’t spend so much time worrying what others think of you because they rarely think of you at all anyways. How great is that!
I once read a quote that said every minute you spend in angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. I would like to turn that around and say that for every minute you spend worrying what other people think of you, you lose sixty seconds of contentment. I believe this is a more accurate description of what we give up (contentment) when we worry about what others are going to say about us. They are going to talk about us anyway so why not ignore it and enjoy your life! After all, according to Mrs. Roosevelt, they’re probably not talking about you nearly as much as you think!