Are we our own worst enemy?
Dr. Mardy Grothe: Neverisms - 11 Things You Should Never Do, Never Say and Never Forget
Because I am a massive fan of Ernest Hemingway, I could not not share this with you. (By the way, I believe Nantucket 2010s to be our generation’s 1920s Paris. More on that another day.) Whether or not you agree, these Neverisms are true, and for me they run deep.
In a 1950s conversation with her dear friend Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich asked his advice about a problem. She had been invited to perform at a Miami nightclub but was not sure she wanted to accept it. It was a lucrative offer, she explained, but her heart was simply not in it. When she thought of turning it down, though, she wondered if she was just "pampering" herself. Her explanation was met with a moment of silence, after which Hemingway said, "Don't do what you sincerely don't want to do." And then he added:
"Never confuse movement with action."
Hemingway's words immediately cleared up any doubts that Dietrich was having about the decision. But it was her comment about his advice that has been remembered to history: "In those five words he gave me a whole philosophy."
So, is it true...Should you never say never? Are the possibilities endless? Are we our own worst enemy? What do you think?