Play to your strengths.
Speak what you are/need/believe.
There are a few things that have been on my mind and in my heart for quite some time.
If you’ve been here any time at all, you know that much of what I write about is from things that I have processed in the past.
I’ve spent a goodly amount of time in my own head.
After all, that is what we introverts are known for.
Well occasionally, some of that process actually comes to the front again, and falls out onto the page.
This is one of those occasions.
One of the things I spent a very long time thinking about was the fact that I was always told just how I would turn out, and none of that was good.
Problem? When a kid is told something time and time again, they tend to believe it.
After all, an adult said it, so it must be true, right? (Kind of like Google today)
Back “in the day”, we were taught that we should always listen and obey people who were older than we are.
“Respect your elders.”
That’s a fine thought, when your elders gain that respect.
But excuse me, when you’re constantly demeaned, (by your own adults) told your faults with consistent timing, and doing right or wrong things “Because I said so”; there is no respect for you.
The damage done internally sometimes is so much harder to recover from than you would imagine.
I often said of those times that, “I’d rather take a beating.”
So; that is what I wish to write about here.
A lesson I learned AFTER the fact, as an adult who was tired of believing I was less than.
Less than in my mind, less than in my body, less than in my talents, less than in my “Station in life”, less than anyone who may be in a place of leadership.
I read something once back in the beginning of my process, while I was raising littles of my own, the idea that we should to “Play to your strengths’ and not your weaknesses.”
I tried to do this with them, and realized, I needed to do this with myself as well.
Ever notice it’s always easier to do it for someone else?
I needed to learn to RESPECT my own self!
I noticed recently while talking to some teenagers, how much some of them spoke of themselves highly, while others were speaking in the negative about themselves.
It made me wonder, who was speaking into their lives, and what kind of things they were speaking.
Really, with any thought at all, it was pretty obvious that they were not all being taught to respect themselves in their hearts and minds.
In John 6:63b the Bible says that “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
In Proverbs 18:21 says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits”.
I pretty firmly believe that.
So if all you have heard about yourself, or say about yourself is trash talk, then you will begin to believe it.
On the other hand, if you speak life, and joy, and ability to yourself, you’ll begin to believe that, and that will be the kind of fruit that grows in your life.
Are you a writer? Write more. Avail yourself of those who can teach you to be even better.
Are you good at sports? Get more, involved, learn more about your sport. Be the best you can be at it.
If you clean houses, be the best dang house cleaner in your town.
Maybe math is your thing. How can you help someone who just doesn’t get it? Do that.
Talk to yourself about what you are learning.
Talk to yourself about what you are doing.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.
Don’t tell yourself that you can’t.
Speak life to yourself.
Words of affirmation; words of affirmation are what keep me going.
That is one good reason why people’s negative words over my life were so devastating.
Do AFFIRM others – Don’t devastate!
Don’t let anyone’s words devastate you!
Think Lovely Thoughts about yourself.
Never mind what others think.
You will need to DECIDE to help yourself in this way.
And to tell you the truth, you will have to decide over, and over, and over.
But the more you decide, the easier it will get.
If you don’t like the thought you’re having; Have another thought.
It’s the easiest thing in the world to do – I’ve done it a million times! (Ha!)
Keep on deciding and going and changing.
You CAN do it – I’m cheering for you!
Until next time.
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What a wonderful post! It spoke to me in many ways. Thanks so much for putting this out there for those of us who need affirmation that we really do count. I guess we’re all works in progress!
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Thanks! When we find out we are valuable, it makes all the difference!
Such a positive post! We need to responsibly be our own inner voice just as much as we affirm our children’s inner voice!
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Thanks for reading and commenting Sam. It’s such an encouragement.
Aw, I’m glad. You’re welcome!
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