Life doesn’t have to be so difficult. Work doesn’t have to take unending effort. Anger and frustration don’t have to run rampant. Conflicts don’t need to fester. Dreams shouldn’t be squashed. You can be at your best without besting someone else.
There is a way to un-complicate over-saturated lives. There is a way to focus on who we are and what matters most. It’s the Snoopy Factor.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had the self-assuredness to think the kind of thought Snoopy had when Lucy shouted “You’re just a dog and will always be a dog!” And Snoopy’s thought: “How reassuring!”
The Snoopy Factor is the simple truth that we are who we are, and that’s all we need to be. It’s being able to celebrate who we are with something akin to that wonderful little dancing spin Snoopy does when he’s pleased with himself. It’s trusting our guts enough to lie on top our world and do nothing — as he does when stretched out on his dog house perch; or go out and fight the good fight – as he does when he takes on the Red Barron approach.
The Snoopy Factor is reassurance that we, too, can do what we do best, encourage others to do what they do best – and let go of the rest. And that we can be a part of the gang, make a significant contribution to the action, and be totally loveable without following any self-improvement advice. We are all that we need to be.
Lucy, like many self-help gurus, pulls the ball away just when Snoopy actually thinks he’s going to kick it. She’s convinced she’s doing it for his own good, for his character building. She’s sure he’ll improve himself by doing everything she says he should do.
Lucy tries to advise Snoopy on how dogs need to fetch, roll over, sit up, and play dead. His note-to-self : “But we never take advice.”
To have Snoopy’s impact on the world and the same peace in your own life, you need only to be powered by your own intrinsic MO. What makes you – YOU.
My Personal favorite Snoopyism.
Lucy, criticizing again, commented on Snoopy’s attempts at writing a book:
He had written:
“I will wait for you,” she said.
“I’m not going anyplace,” he said.
“If you don’t go anyplace, I can’t wait for you,” she said.
Lucy tells Snoopy:
“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.”
Snoopy thinks to himself:
“I’ll add some footnotes…”
I was reminded of that cartoon when an editor emailed me about my 5 Rules for Trusting Your Guts. He said: “Tie them more directly to your research and put them in the context of ‘brain science,’ then readers will give them more respect.”
That’s when I decided to publish them without editorial interference. (See 5 Rules for Trusting Your Guts on Amazon.com).
A Life without Rue
Instead of ruing the day you did or didn’t trust your guts, celebrate a Joie de vivre — a joy in life: A sense of well-being, completeness, wholeness. Personal truth. Confidence. Playing in the zone. Being in the Groove. Indulging yourself in being who you are. A life without regrets.
Rule #1: Act before You Think.
In Snoopy’s life without rue, he trusts his guts, and acts upon them without hesitation, explanation or regret. When things don’t work out as he hopes, he works them into another scenario. He doesn’t fret about what goes wrong because it just creates another opportunity. As in his Red Barron dog-fights, he does what comes naturally, rather than getting strategic – and losing the “moment.”
As he says: “If you think about it, you can’t do it.”
A business person armed with the Snoopy Factor would tackle an economic turn-down as a opportunity to fight the good fight against the personified marketplace, then retreat to a comfortable place to get well-earned down time before taking on the next battle.
A parent armed with the Snoopy Factor teases and nudges a child, and rounds up [round-up cartoon strip] the little ones, without having to bark out orders or threaten or punish.
The student armed with the Snoopy Factor is filled with positive self-esteem, hopefulness, courage, wonder – and observes life with the assumption that his way needs no correction.