"Just who do you think you are?"

How we think of ourselves makes all the difference in the world to our health and happiness

By chance I heard just one sentence. The almost teenaged youngsters next door were playing on their backyard trampoline. "Just who do you think you are to give me orders?" one of them asked the other in sibling indignation.

A moment later they were enjoying their game again. But the question I'd heard, or at least the first part of it, echoed in my thought. "Just who do you think you are?"

The sheer importance of it, independent of the incident with youngsters, was arresting, and the longer I considered it, the more convinced I was of its profound significance.

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September 23, 1991

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