I could say I don’t know where this ideology comes from, but I would be lying. Like so many things in our lives, our upbringing is often to blame.
Any of the following sound familiar?
I could go on but, while I believe our parents had the best intentions, this “social etiquette” advice is often misapplied in our adult life. (I believe women suffer from this more than men, but I could be biased.)
Food for thought/REALITY CHECK:
Life is a journey: all of our experiences, struggles, losses and wins shape who we are. Some of us are more reluctant than others to learn the lessons that each experience is meant to teach us, especially the difficult ones.
The truth is:
The moral of this story: a diamond must first be plucked from the earth and endure the pressure intense process of purification before it can reach its illuminating, gem state. Regardless of which stage of the journey it is in, a diamond is still a diamond and is meant to shine. A key factor to a diamond’s value is its RARITY.
God made YOU unique and, even if you are a twin, there exist a uniqueness about you. Don’t make the mistake of minimizing your brilliance, or God’s blessings and favor in your life, to appease someone else’s insecurities, idiosyncrasies or jealousy. There is an entire audience that needs hope, which is why God sent you. Don’t let them down.
Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Publisher|Best Selling Author|Transformational Speaker
CEO, Alesha Brown LLC