During my season of recovery, I am unable to a be fully me. And I am uncomfortable that I need so much help. I’m used to being the “helper”. Nevertheless, without my asking, it’s like all my needs have been anticipated and perfect responses are in place and on time. It’s odd how I am struggling with receiving love from so many; the very thing my soul desires. In the meantime, I am occupied practicing the grace of gratitude.
In an effort to fill the time between all the things I need to but can’t do, I am spending time with some of my favorite authors, speakers, teachers and discovering new voices and ideas that I can share with you. Today I offer the following:
“You have to admit, to a certain extent, you have spent too much of your life thinking too little of yourself. Trying to become smaller. Quieter. Less sensitive. Less opinionated. Less needy. Less YOU. Because you felt broken, and you didn’t want to be too much or push people away. You wanted to fit in. You wanted people to like you. You wanted to make a good impression. You wanted to be wanted. So you could feel healed.
And so for years, you talked down to yourself and sacrificed your peace of mind for the sake of making other people happy.
And for years, you suffered.
But you’re tired of suffering, and you’re done thinking you aren’t good enough just the way you are. Right? Good!
It’s not your job to change who you are in order to become someone else’s idea of a worthwhile human being. You are worthwhile. Not because other people think you are, but because you are breathing your own air, and therefore you matter. Your truth matters. Your feelings matter. Your voice matters. And with or without anyone’s approval or permission, you must be who you are and live your truth. Even if it makes people turn their heads. Even if it makes them uncomfortable. Even if they choose to leave.
Even if your own confidence in yourself has been shaken!
The real battle is in your mind. And your mind is under your control, not the other way around.
You may have been broken down by adversity or rejection or stress, but YOU are not broken. So don’t let others convince you otherwise. And don’t let your mind get the best of you either.
Heal yourself by refusing to belittle yourself.
Choose to take up a lot of positive space in your own life today. Choose to give yourself permission to meet your own needs. Choose to honor your feelings and emotions. Choose to make self-love and self-care top priorities…
Choose to think better about yourself, so you can live better in spite of yourself.”
 firstname.lastname@example.orgUntil next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.