I Stopped Proving Myself to Everyone Else

self worth

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind! But I learned a valuable lesson. I am as important as everyone else around me. Nothing I do, make or say is lacking. I am me. And that is the best thing about me.  I learned my beauty lies in my vulnerability, my complex emotions, and my authentic imperfections.  When I embrace who I am and decide to be authentic, I open myself up to real relationships, real happiness, and real success. There is no need to put on a mask.  There is no need to pretend to be someone I am not.  I have nothing to prove to anyone else, because…

The people worth impressing just want me to be myself. In the long run, it’s better to be loathed for who I am than loved for who I am not.  In fact, the only relationships that work well in the long run are the ones that make me a better person without changing me into someone other than myself.

I am the only person who can change MY life. In every situation I have ever been in, positive or negative, the one common thread is me.  It is my responsibility, and my alone, to recognize that regardless of what has happened up to this point in my life, I am capable of making choices to change my situation, or to change the way I think about it.

Life isn’t a race; I have nothing to prove. Everyone wants to get to the top of the mountain first.  But the truth is, all my happiness and growth occurs while I am climbing, not while I am sitting at the top. I am trying to enjoy the journey by paying attention to each step.  This isn’t a race.  I will get there a little at a time, not all at once.  Sometimes, I have to remind myself that I don’t have to always be and do what everyone else is being and doing.

It’s impossible to please everyone anyway. Some people will always tell me what I did wrong, and then hesitate to compliment me for what I did right.  I can’t be one of them, and I won’t put up with them. When I run into someone who discredits me, disrespects me and treats me poorly for no apparent reason at all, I refuse to consume myself with trying to change them or win their approval. I am so done with that part of my life. I am so much better than…..

Quote for the week: Everything changed the day she learned she was just as valuable as everyone else.

Peace….

 

 

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