The Freedom of Acceptance
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Most of us live our lives in approval addiction. We have our goals set and we strive to achieve them but for many it may be to please family or friends. We find ourselves being trapped in the opinions of others. We base ourselves on what our closest friends and family think and as a result go through emotional highs and lows as they approve and disapprove.
When we’re young and insecure we worry about what others think of us. As we grow we realize that most of the time they weren’t thinking about us at all, they were worrying about what we thought of them.
It comes from a lack of acceptance of self. We aren’t fully satisfied with who we are or where we’ve come from so we look to others to give us an extra boost of confidence that we lack. (I’ve had to deal with this the most). A friend and I spoke about this the other day.
He said that its only after you’ve come to accept who you are is only when you can truly become effective in this world and in your relationships.
When Jesus began ministering to the masses his family thought he was out of his mind they tried to dissuade him and prevent him from preaching the word. He simply said “I know where I’ve come from and I know where Im going”
In that he knew his past , who he was, what he had set out to do and accomplish. And he didnt need anyones approval to get it done just His own and the Father’s
“Remember, what you think of you is what matters. the external world does not dictate who you are. you dictate who you are. If you look to the external world to give you cues on your self worth, you will always have a rollercoaster of ups and downs, no matter how well you play the game…”- (Thanks Zack)
To fully accept yourself. Recognizing your strengths and appreciating your weaknesses. Being thankful for your past mistakes because its what put you on the path of realizing your dreams now. This is what I’ve had to do, and theres nothing more powerful when you can look at yourself and say and know that “I am enough”
Thank You my Mentors for believing me when I almost stopped believing in myself.