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H Jackson Brown Jr Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Brighouse, W Yorkshire, England)

Weekly Wonder Online: 43

H Jackson Brown Jr wonders...

"Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something."

More H Jackson Brown Jr Quotes...
"Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking."

"Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners."

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost."

"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more."

"Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor."

What I Wonder...

Listen to my thoughts about H Jackson Brown's quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite place of mine - this time Brighouse train station !!...

(NOTE: Yes, *I* wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)

Ah, I really like this inspirational quote by H Jackson Brown Jr. And I guess I like it because it rings true ('resonates') with where I am in life, when it comes to my thoughts about 'others'...

So, as I say in the video, Jackson Brown's words are worth remembering when we come into contact with people (or situations) we do not like. Here are some of my examples of situations that sometimes turn me from 'we are all one' to 'you are a bloody jerk'...

My List of Trigger Situations:

* Listening to boisterous, drunken types on the late-night train back home

* When someone is rude (from as little as the motorist that doesn't 'acknowledge' I've let them go before me, to someone pushing in front of me in a queue)

* When people wear clothes that 'intimidate' me, in some way (and, personally, I find the skin-head look together with Doc Martins 'intimidating', even though I have pretty much been a 'skin-head' myself and worn Doc Martins)

I could go on.

The point I make with my list of 'triggers' - of people I generally will be quick to find fault with - is that H Jackson Brown Jr's words are as true of these people, as they are as true of me, and true of you...

(And, isn't it ironic (or maybe it's inevitable), that I might even represent someone's 'annoying person'!)

So do YOU recognise these judgemental traits in yourself, and are YOU able to remember that the person that's annoying you in some way could just be having a bad day (or maybe they could just have different values to you)?...

And, before you tell me that you don't do this type of thing, I'm gonna tell you that YOU (most likely) DO! - we all do this, it's called being a human being, separate from others!

It's normal human behaviour, it just might not be healthy human behaviour; and the person it's most unhealthy to is... YOU!

So, let's think a little about these 2 questions:

1) What types of person (or situation) irritate you?
2) Will the realisation that this person/people that offends you is just like you - will it help you?

And if you can really be honest here, it helps us all - even if you don't share, it still helps you (and anyone coming into contact with you) to realise that you, me and everyone quite often 'get it wrong'!

The thing is, I'm sure we all make this mistake from time to time. Just as I'm sure that we all cut people some slack sometimes too.

So, my final question...

3) What other ways do you have of 'forgiving' someone, of 'cutting them some slack' - how do you get through a rough day, as smoothly as possibl e?

Yep, your feedback regarding the essence of what H Jackson Brown Jr's inspirational quote means to you is most welcome - whatever you have to say...

What YOU wonder?...

Yes, I'd love to know your thoughts on any of these inspirational quotes by H Jackson Brown Jr (especially the quotation I talk about in the video)... You can leave comments below! :-)

Thanks for reading,

PS Seriously, please comment, please have your say - thank you!

Comments for H Jackson Brown Jr Quotes

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May 23, 2011
by: sandra

I love Mr. Brown's quote.

Even though I know we are all essentially the same inside there are things about people which sometimes get on my nerves(how is that for a cliche?).

But it is true that those things which bother me about another reflects my inadequacy or unwillingness to communicate about the issue at hand.

There is apart of me that doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings or draw attention to myself. So I get irritated when perhaps I should just say what is on my mind. But my mind tells me, most of the time, they really don't want to hear the opposite view and they are not going to change.

And I should not judge.

We're all basically the same. Many who have dared to be different and declare their truth have been ridiculed and in some cases, sad to say, had a hastened demise. When it comes to communicating with others about their flaws, I always ask myself: Is this the hill I want to die on??

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