Guest Post by Landon Saunders
Here is how Mark Twain described a person who takes oneself too seriously: “A solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg that looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.”
That’s like the man I once heard of who went into the psychiatrist’s office. The doctor said, “Well, since I haven’t seen you before, why don’t you just start at the beginning.” The man replied, “Okay, in the beginning I created the heavens and the earth.”
This has been called “The Jehovah Complex.” We take ourselves too seriously. We act as if the whole world revolves around us and will collapse if we relax for a moment.
Here’s something you can do when you begin to take yourself too seriously. Grab a piece of paper and write: “I hereby resign as the Boss of the Universe.” Then sign it. Now, doesn’t that take a load off your shoulders?
And, you may even feel some joy. One of the things I love about joy—it’s so contagious. And we all could sure use some of that!