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Being Chairman of the World October 2, 2009

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“He wiped his face with his handkerchief, for he was quite warm from the exertion of being Chairman of the World. It had taken more running and leaping and sliding than he had imagined.” (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

 I have loved this quote since the first moment I read it. It is one of the quotes that made me want to share children’s book quotes with adults. How often do we add undue stress to our lives because we are trying to be Chairman (or Chairwoman) of the World? We try to control our husbands, children, employers, employees, elected officials, fellow church members, pastors, neighborhoods, and even strangers! We walk around passing judgement on everything and everyone we see because we think our way is the only right way. And then we wonder why we are tired! You will grow quite warm from the exertion of being Chairman of the World. Just give it up. Be Chairman of Yourself instead.

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4 Responses to “Being Chairman of the World”

  1. Aunt Connie Says:

    AMEN!!! Thanks, Kristi……
    PS I miss you…..and love you very much!

  2. Shanna Says:

    I adore this quote! And your thoughts are sooo true. These days I’m just barely chairperson of myself. Or maybe it’s that I’m a chairperson who has enacted a more casual, fun management style. I kind of like it!

  3. Jon Says:

    Wow, your incites are especially poignant this evening. It makes me think of Andrew quoting a classic greek author, while speaking of one of one’s greatest duties in life. . .
    “Know thyself.”

    • Jon Says:

      I just relized how smuggly academic that comment might sound when compared with the beautiful simplicity of your quote. Sorry, didn’t mean for it to sound that way.


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