S:1109 Quote: Impostors

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)


“. . .
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
. . .”

Rudyard Kipling


Coaching Point: Lifted from a well-known, insightful and powerful Kipling poem this quote speaks to the heart of the human condition, namely the effect of context.

Triumph and disaster are both made up. They each are a product of a limited perspective. How many times have we looked back on a previous triumph or disaster and come to see it in a new light? Perspective provides the context within which we make the judgement call. Each place in space and each tick in time define the context.

Does this mean you should not care, not participate? Of course it doesn’t. Deal with each Triumph or Disaster in whatever way you see fit. Just know that if you will hold each of them as impostors it will allow you to have a greater perspective and therefore deal with each from a higher place of awareness.

Do you feel you might have less expensive emotional costs when dealing with the ups and downs of your life, the impostors, this way?


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