The Wisdom of SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants (character)

SpongeBob SquarePants (character) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s funny how life gives us mirrors and stories when we need them.

I was trying to think about how to convey the message of today’s blog in a refreshing way:

Surround Yourself with People Who Respect You for the Right Reason

Most of us, know that the company we keep in life, work and relationships makes a difference in how successful we can be in attaining our goals.

As I was writing this, my sons were watching an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where Mr. Crabs’ daughter, Pearl, comes to work.  Pearl sets about changing everything at the Crusty Crab in incredibly goofy ways that are costing stingy Mr. Crabs more and more money.

Finally, things are so bad, Mr. Crabs tells SpongeBob that he has to fire Pearl.  Just as SpongeBob is about to fire her, she starts crying, and says I can’t take it anymore, because nothing is working. SpongeBob tries to console her for doing her best.  She’s no, I’ve been doing my best to get fired from this job and it’s not working!

Most of us know when we are in a situation that is not the best one for us or the other people involved in the situation.  It’s worst when we think that by standing up for ourselves, we are going to have to hurt someone we love.

As SpongeBob SquarePants showed today, if there is one area, where we should be wary of flowing with everything around us, it’s in the area of our closest relationships and who we choose to do our life’s work with.

If there is an area in your life that isn’t moving in the direction you would like, take a look at your relationships in that area.  Are you trying to please someone in a way that doesn’t help anyone?

There may be some area in your life where you have to let yourself be fired or fire someone else who is not working with you for the right reason.

9 thoughts on “The Wisdom of SpongeBob SquarePants

  1. jamieaaron03 says:

    I had to quit my job, where I worked from 10th grade until about 8-9 months ago. So about 11 or 12 years, it about killed me, but I had to do it in order to move into a new phase of life, I think.

  2. Writerlious says:

    Very insightful, Karen. I don’t usually stop to think and analyze the situation like this -in terms of the people surrounding me in that area of my life.

    • Karen Wan says:

      It’s especially easy in a family or friendship situation where you naturally want to please others, and then at some point you realize that no one is doing what makes them happiest. The realization can be funny as in this SpongeBob episode! 🙂

    • Karen Wan says:

      My kids are getting older but we all still like SpongeBob. It’s a silly show, but there are sometimes some good lessons in there too! 🙂

  3. livvy1234 says:

    The right reason is different for all of us. Your blog inspires folks to listen to their own inner voice…and let go of “out there somewhere.”

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