Meryl Streep, of course, is one uber famous actor. While we might actually have quite a lively debate about her talent (my appreciation of it doesn’t always match up with the critics!), I have great respect for her as a woman.
And although one can never be sure when one reads that this or that famous person said such a thing, I’ll give Ms. Streep the credit for one of the most profound expressions of mature womanhood I’ve read in quite some time. The words were so insightful and – dare I say – expressive of my own thoughts, I’ve taken the liberty of sharing them here:
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.
I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities.
In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” ~attributed to Meryl Streep
Except for the part about exaggerations (I’m a story-telling Leo, after all!) these words are a snapshot of where I am right now.
I’d love to read your thoughts. Won’t you share them?
Until next time,
I wish you vibrant health and a beautiful day.