I’ve noticed that sometimes these feelings not only make me less effective in dealing with a difficult situation, they actually cause the difficulty itself, or at the very least exacerbate it.

When we take ourselves less seriously, we're able to see the humor in situations, find the silver lining when things don't go the way we want them to, and navigate through the ups and downs of life a bit easier. As Regina Brett, who wrote 45 Lessons Life Taught Me, advises: “Don't take yourself too seriously. Don't shoot the messenger. The first step to success and happiness is realizing you’re not that important. Rather than focus too literally on the wording of the phrase and the adverb and verb in question, it might be more profitable to focus on the speech act in question; this is part of a class of performative utterances that seek to modify another person's behavior. Rather than fuel the anger, your mind will be able to cool the anger. I was able to make it back home and then back to my dentist's office the next day without too much humiliation. You have to be willing to look stupid, to stumble down unproductive paths, and to endure bad afternoons when all your ideas are flat and sterile and derivative.

It is normal to shed a tear or feel down once in a while but to permanently stay this way is only hurting yourself and the people you … You can always go back and watch the episodes you missed and revisit them when you need a refresher course.

How to Not Take Yourself Too Seriously. ... Life gives us plenty of reminders that we don’t matter. Remember that the next time your heart gets set off, and there you are, feeling angry.

It also helps build camaraderie and trust among AA members. Taking yourself seriously is fairly prideful; the admonishment of "Don't take yourself too seriously" is a warning to not consider yourself more important than you really are. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously. Choosing to not take yourself so seriously is a positive step to help deal with negative situations you can't always control. 2. The realization that we can have fun in sobriety doesn’t always dawn on us when we first get clean. And let’s not even talk about that Twitter war you had last week with the guy who said that Avatar is a terrible movie. Sometimes it can be hard to laugh at yourself and not take life so seriously. 3. If you take life too seriously, your friends are at liberty to do silly things to you, ... People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. Ask yourself what you need to learn from this, what G‑d is trying to tell you. When we take ourselves seriously, we take others seriously, too—that’s why their opinions can hurt us. I …

April 23, 2014 10 Comments. If you don’t take yourself too seriously, you’ll bounce back from these lulls and be ready for the music’s next visit. I still struggle with taking myself seriously. It's not the end of the world if your team loses as long as you played a good game and you can be proud that you did your best. You are too defensive. Don’t take yourself too seriously. It's not the end of the world if your team loses as long as you played a good game and … I still struggle with taking myself seriously.

Labels don’t define you unless you allow them to . I didn’t take myself seriously for a long time. When you frown, cry, or act upset all the time, you’re not only affecting yourself but also the people around you. 4. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to Monday mornings. "Don't take yourself [so/too] seriously" means pretty much the same thing as "tone it down," or "keep things in perspective."

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