A 54-year-old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience.
Seeing God she asked, “Is my time up?”
God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.”
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.
After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 43 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?”
God replied, “I didn't recognize you!”
The ultimate lie we tend to tell ourselves is that we’re not good enough as is. Actually the exact opposite is true, we are designed to succeed as is. “To thine own self be true”, is meant to be a reminder of this fact. The odds are always for you when you’re not pretending to be something you’re not.
A friend of mine is an actor and called excited about two upcoming auditions. I reminded him to avoid the temptation to try to figure out what he thinks they want in order for him to get the job. All I said was to make sure you eat before the audition and just be yourself. You don’t have to go on a crash diet, get a haircut, or pretend to be anything other than who you really are. If you’re the right person for the part, don’t pretend to be anything you’re not or, like God in the preceding joke, they won’t recognize you.
Whenever I feel concerned that I might not get something I believe I must have, or might lose something I’ve already got, it’s an indication I’ve lost my faith in God. I’ve lost my joyous expectancy that all will work out better than expected if I’m rigorously honest as is. Lately I’ve taken to the practice of reminding myself and my friends to just wear the white hat.
In western movies the good guys always wear a white hat. The bad guys wear a black one. Whenever I think that I must manipulate or that there’s no harm in telling a little white lie, I’m putting on the black hat. Since this is the case it proves that wearing the white hat is our natural state.
The reminder to just wear the white hat is a powerful affirmation that my success is assured when I’m true to myself. This simple idea of just wearing the white hat always elevates me to my ideal. This ideal is the highest image of myself, and it just so happens to be the real me, as is.
How do I know this is true? The same way you know it’s true. Because it feels great when we behave from this place. We feel secure and display kindness. We can feel enthusiastic and confident that God is arranging things on the unseen plane for our highest good. We have faith that all things work together for good as long as we are honest and true. If we don’t get this job, we’ll get a better one. If we do not make the arrangement that we sought today, a better one will present itself tomorrow.
“Never allow yourself to be strained to tense or overeager… Do not seek by will power to get your own way, but affirm that God’s will in that particular matter is being done… and the outcome will be true success…” Emmet Fox
In other words, just wear the white hat.
Artist Darrell Fusaro is a decorated U.S. Coast Guard veteran and author of “What if Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?” For more information visit www.ThisWillMakeYouHappy.com