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To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.
-- Georg C. Lichtenberg


Saturday, December 14, 1996

What would other people think?

How many things do you do, and how many things do you not do, just because you’re worried about what other people would think?

Other people’s opinions of you, and your opinions of them, cause a great amount of completely unnecessary negative thinking. Not to mention a lot of silly activity. Of course you would like to make a good impression on people. So you do your best to be polite, honest and respectful. Beyond that it’s useless to concern yourself with what others think of you, because they will probably think it in spite of anything you do. And what does it matter anyway?

Refuse to be imprisoned by the opinions of others. After all, what harm can someone’s opinion do to you? What power does it have over you? Only the power that you give to it. Decide to live with the freedom of your own thoughts. Be confident of your own value and worth, and that you’re doing the right thing. When you believe in yourself and in what you’re doing, it won’t matter what other people think. And while you’re at it, remember not to waste your own time by placing judgments on others.

We’re all different, thankfully. What a drab world it would be if we weren’t. And we all think differently. Do what you will, with the best of intentions, a steadfastness of purpose, and let others think what they may.

— Ralph Marston

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