A perspective on self-sufficiency


If you feel like you need other people to praise you or give you encouragement, then you aren’t self-sufficient.  If you need people to say you are OK, then you aren’t.  Likewise, if someone else tells you that you’re no good and it stops you from doing what you need to do, then you aren’t self-sufficient. 

Other people’s opinions don’t matter.  They too are struggling with self-doubt, blame, loss, anger, and sadness.  They too are just human, and fallible.

          Whether they are your parents, or friends, or strangers, don’t let their opinion about how you are living your life stop you, or start you.  Whether you chose them in your life or not, their opinion doesn’t matter, whether it is good or bad. 

This message is for everyone, but especially for anyone who is disenfranchised, such as women and minorities. You don’t need other people’s approval to live your life.  Whatever they say doesn’t matter. 

You are the authority on your own life. You are the author of your own life. Of course you are doing things differently from how they are doing it.  You aren’t them. 

Be wary of anyone who tries to knock you down, and also of anyone who tries to build you up.  If they remove their praise, will you still follow your calling?



About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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2 Responses to A perspective on self-sufficiency

  1. I agree with this post 100%, although I got to admit I don’t need praise, but i do like it haha


  2. thanks for sharing !


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