10/10/2010 - Michele Moore
I heard something that resonated with me this morning and I wanted to share it, because I think so many of us fall into the regrettable habit of self-deprecation. We put ourselves down for a variety of reasons, some of which may even seem reasonable. We have the uncanny knack of building up those around us while we abuse our own selves by our words, attitudes, and actions. We often devalue ourselves as a result of someone else's behavior toward us. When we are rejected, we begin to ask, "What's wrong with me?" "Why didn't he/she want me?" Or we beat ourselves down with, "I must not be pretty enough, or smart enough, or (fill in the blank) enough."
If I held a crisp, new $100 bill in my hand and asked who wanted it, I imagine everyone would respond affirmatively. But what if I wadded it up and crumpled it in my hands, then asked who wanted it? Still a universally positive response. What if I took that $100 bill out to my driveway, ran over it with my car, getting it soiled and ugly? Would you still want it? Of course you would! And why? Because no matter what's done to that $100 bill, it retains its value. It is still worth $100.
What about us? We were new and crisp and shiny once upon a time. Then life happened. People mistreated us. We were abused or neglected or worse...rejected. People insulted us and tried to tear us down with their words and actions. But what happens to us should not be the determining factor with regard to our worth and value. Those things happened to us because others had problems or issues and they took them out on us. They are the broken ones. They are the ones with the problems. We may look or feel worse for the wear, but our value remains. We were precious, one-of-a-kind masterpiece creations once, and we still are today. I am the only me who will ever exist. It's time we see ourselves for who we really are. There is no one exactly like you, and I am thankful to be on this journey of life with you!
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||Janet Glaser from Fremont MI wrote:
What a powerful message! "I am the only me who will ever exist." Kind of like snowflakes (remember those, Michelle?) No snowflakes are ever alike either and they are breath takingly beautiful, just like us!
||Joan Flynn from Wichita KS wrote:
I am good enough, you are good enough, we are all good enough. Sometimes we just need to be reminded and what a beautiful way you said it. Thank you.
||Dorothy Sander from Durham NC wrote:
Wonderful post Michele! Thanks~ I will be sharing this one if you don't mind.
|| from wrote:
A great reminder Michelle.
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