Before I went away, I went to see Jeffrey Tambor in what was disappointingly a big ad that we paid to endure, so I won't talk more about that (note to organisers, if you are going to do that, make it free).
However, he mentioned that once he was really ill on stage, and that in order to get through the show, he had to let something go. The thing that he let go of, was the feeling of "do they like me?". He just didn't have the energy to worry about that. He got to see the footage of the performance later, and remarked that while he had expected it to be terrible, he was really, really good in it. He elaborated that the great actors don't worry about that. They turn up and exude "This is it. This is how it goes. Join up, or not."
In life, we do the same. We often spoil our own experiences by worrying too much about how what we say and do is perceived. We worry about how we look to others.
The challenge for today is to see if you can drop that. Turn up at work or the school gates, and say "This is it. This is how it goes." See whether people do indeed join up regardless.
More importantly, see if you notice a better personal experience.
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