Shine bright

We are taught to be lesser than ourselves.  Yet – anything that we are taught can be unlearned.  The past does not have to become the future.

I once saw a lady teach her daughter to be lesser-than.  Another woman said to the little girl “You’re so pretty!” to which the girl replied “I know!”   Her Mom was aghast and said “Don’t say that – that’s rude.  Say ‘Thank you’ instead.”  The girl then sheepishly said “Thank you” to the woman.  While the Mom was trying to teach the girl manners, she actually taught her to downplay who she is.  She taught her how to be less than herself.

Confidence is often seen as arrogance in girls and women.  We are strongly discouraged from being proud of ourselves, of being sure of who we are.  We are taught to be lesser-than.

Perhaps misery does indeed love company.  Perhaps, deep down, people are miserable, so they want to drag everyone down to their level.  The world is full of mediocrity.  Don’t join them.  Be proud of the unique and beautiful child of God that you are.  To be anything less is to insult God’s handiwork.  Today is a good day to admit to yourself how amazing and wonderful you really are.

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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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