Neil deGrasse Tyson And A Drunk Fan In A Bar
Posted on November 28, 2022
Take a second to imagine that you’re sitting in a pretty loud bar having a really bad day.
Alright are you there?
On your left there’s an absolutely drunk-to-their-last-cell baseball fan screaming and yelling at the TV while spilling his drink everywhere. He’s obnoxious, loud, angry, and completely out of control. To make matters worse, he’s taken a liking to you and continues to yell in your ear everything about what’s wrong with the game, how much the umpires suck, how much the players suck and everything else that is wrong in the world.
Oh good lord now he’s telling you about his personal life.
Get this guy away from me!
Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of him.
So you just sit there with your head resting on your arm listening to this guys sob story about how bad life is and how everything is going to fall apart.
The worst part about all of it is the fact that he is so damn loud you can’t even hear yourself think! And I know what you’re saying at this point…”I didn’t ask for this he just showed up!”
For the foreseeable future, you’re stuck with him.
So the interesting thing about this whole entire scenario, is that while you were in it, you didn’t realize that Neil deGrasse Tyson was trying to get your attention all along.
He was softly speaking to you in your other ear but you couldn’t hear him because of this drunk fan grabbing all of your attention in your left year. You know…that perfect lulling and powerful voice Neil has…
How did you miss that?
Because that drunk raging fan…that’s your inner critic.
It’s a jerk. In fact, most of our inner critics (that negative voice in our mind) are incredibly vicious and know exactly what to say to destroy us.
Then, there’s the voice of your inner wisdom.
It tells you which path to take, what to do, and how to be in situations that will resonate deeply with your core and allow you to continue being yourself. Its voice is much lower, softer (but powerful) and takes some time to tune into…
That’s your inner Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But if you constantly focus on that drunk fan, you’re never going to be able to hear Neil speak to you. You’ll only hear the negativity, doubt, jealousy, hate…
And not the love, passion, drive, and enthusiasm…
Today, take some time when things are sounding pretty negative in your head, and see if you can hear your inner Tyson speaking.
What is he saying? How is he guiding you?
Listen to that voice inside.
Action Steps For Today
Intention: To connect with your internal wisdom
Practice: Your Inner Neil deGrasse Tyson
Now that you understand the difference between your internal critic and your inner wisdom, let’s see if you can identify those voices throughout the day. At the end of your day, in your journal, write down as much as you can about what your internal critic is saying to you. How vicious is it? What words or phrases keep coming up? Then, identify the voice of your inner Neil deGrasse Tyson and see what words or phrases it tells you in times of distress. You will be able to notice a significant difference between the two and then choose which one to follow!