I suffer from the Syndrome of Imposterism.  I also suffer from making up words that fit what ever I want them to fit, so stay tuned for more.  When ever I do something wrong, its my first thought -yep, now everyone knows that I’m not a Thisorthat. (I warned you!)  So over the years, I have tried to reel in those feelings when ever I feel them rising to the surface.  I know not to blame a parent on this, but its my mother’s voice I hear when those thoughts come into my head.  I take a minute or two to go through any recent and past accomplishments that give me the chops to do what ever I am doing and move on from there.  It doesn’t last long, but its damn annoying at times to have to do a life review when mother scolds me from the grave.

This syndrome also leads me to Mark Twain.  You may have never shaken his hand, but you know darn well that if you did, the next thing he’d do is offer you a rocking chair on his porch and a cigar.  Which you would take, and sit a spell, and bask in his delightful company.  When ever I start to get a little cluttered in my thinking about things that really mean very little in the global view of my life. or if I start sweating the small stuff, I like to pull out those Twain Quotes that center me.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.  Mark Twain and Judge Judy.

Following the same path as everybody else rarely leads to great success. Carve your own path instead, and lead the way.

Surround yourself with people who inspire and encourage you. Your network is your net worth.

Don’t fight every battle that is thrown your way. Sometimes it’s better to remain silent, and let success be your noise.

There are two types of people in this world – people who accomplish things, and people who talk about accomplishing things – the first group is less crowded.

Never let an ‘old person’ enter your mindset. Think and act as though you were 21 and remain open to learning and growing, always.

Stretch your comfort zone. If you want to have something you have never had, you are going to need to do something you have never done.

The world does not owe you a thing. It was here first! It is your responsibility to take command of your life and your time. There are no handouts!

All of the planning in the world doesn’t mean anything if you never put anything into practice. Take what you know and make a start. There will always be more to learn but if you never start, you’ll never achieve.

So the sun is setting on Johnston County, NC.  Storm clouds passing.  Hummingbirds getting their last sips in for the night.  Both dogs curled up next to me breathing rhythmically.  And with this, I will say good evening  and peace to y’all!



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