Sponge Bob Knows

Sponge Bob’s got it figured out, man. He soaks it all in, processes it, and then squeezes out what doesn’t work for him. He doesn’t beat around the bush, doesn’t mince words or try to be something he’s not. He’s a sponge. He knows it. He’s good with that.

I ‘ve had a few conversations recently revolving around self-confidence, self-worth and insecurities (my own included). Why is it that we allow others to have more say about who we are and what we’re about than we do ourselves? Why is it that we are more concerned about the image we’re projecting or how others perceive us? Sponge Bob is a ‘take me or leave me’ kind of guy, and yet he has a massive following. Why is that? He is totally comfortable in his own sponge!  He doesn’t question why he is the way he is, why he’s a sponge, what happened to him when he was young….he just lives. Pretty simple.

I’m not saying that in the ‘over the sea’ real world we don’t go through hard things that need healing or help. What I am saying is that we are in charge of our own process. We get to decide how we affect life….or how it affects us. As Julia Roberts says in one of her movies, “I say WHO, I say WHEN…I say WHO.” Haha here’s me, discussing Sponge Bob and Pretty Woman in thoughts about life. Who’d have ever thought?

The point is, we spend so much energy on regret, on what ifs, on the “I’m not good enough” mentality. Shouldn’t it be time to take all that crap and fling it into the deepest waters and let it drown? Just sayin’…

Each of us has amazing gifts that need to be shared so that others can experience them. Why lock them up like a treasure at the bottom of the sea? I know deep down why I haven’t. I have typically been one who needs acceptance and affirmation. What I’m realizing is that I’ve totally ripped myself off (and possibly others) from what’s inside, what I have to give, and the joy that comes from being my authentic self. I somehow think that with a little help from my friends – cartoon or otherwise – that I have come to affirm and accept myself. The starting point of truly living.

Sponge Bob lives in a pineapple under the sea and he’s okay with that. As he always says, “Be true to yourself.”

Food for Thought

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  Dr. Seuss

  1. #1 by kevin on June 14, 2011 - 8:49 am

    You wrote that? That’s pretty good. What is the purpose of it, I mean, other than to encourage others? Is it job or business related?

    • #2 by shandracarlson on June 14, 2011 - 7:38 pm

      What do you mean, “You wrote that?” Haha thanks. It’s mostly to be mildly entertaining while getting a message or point across, but I do want to use it as a sample of writing that I can direct potential clients to as well, so they not only get an idea of what I offer, but also of who I am. Glad you enjoyed it.

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