Link Love: Be Excellent

Bill & Ted

Once again, there was tragedy in the US last week. I don’t want to dwell on it here but I didn’t feel like I could just ignore the newspaper headlines. The senseless violence saddens me. However, I am reminded of a quote from my favorite philosophers, Bill & Ted, “Be excellent to each other.”

I think it’s time to embrace that as a mantra for the foreseeable future.

I’ve often heard another adage about not knowing the struggles someone else is facing. In those moments when you want to yell at the tech support call center employee or shake your fists in anger when your delivery order is incorrect, consider that it was not done spitefully. Someone else may be struggling too or have other things weighing on their mind other than putting your sauce on the side or replying to your email request. No one intentionally makes mistakes or is less than rosy when they greet you. So, brush off your anger, indignity or frustration and be excellent. Even if being excellent is just being civil in the face of this endless string of difficulties we continue to face.




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  1. Thank you so much for this eloquent message. We all need to hear it and heed it. I hope you don’t mind if I print a copy and hang in my office. Be well.

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