Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reality and Life...

As I look back over my life I remember conversations I had with my mom that highlighted my worth and how perception – unfortunately – is reality. Fight as we may, the concept of each person having their own perception of the world be their reality will never change. I really fought this issue early on in life. I often said, “Reality is reality…” but sadly, it isn’t so. This isn’t to say that we should live according to what others want for us, but we should recognize that we are not alone in the world and more often than not we will need the help, support and kindness of others. If you’re ever curious as to what happens to folks who thumb their nose at the world, they are the folks that we persistently see and hear at odds with everyone – their family, their friends and folks who should be in their corner. All to say that you should live your life recognizing:

• Your worth: If you don’t know what you’re worth you allow others to disrespect, undermine and devalue you. No one – absolutely no one – should occupy a higher position in your life than you. Once you honor yourself you do a better job at conveying what is acceptable to you and caring for those you love. Romantic, platonic and professional relationships must ALL accept that you are valuable and worthy.
• Honesty trumps bullsh*t: Trust and believe that if you’re 20, there is a 40 year old that has already traversed the road you’re on and so on… You are fooling no one when you attempt to lie, deceive and omit your way through life. Be real, be honest and stand in your truth. If your truth is that you are a flawed human being, then you can join the hordes of us that stand as flawed human beings. The truth always comes to light and most times we don’t believe you, we just see you as a bullsh*t artist (not a good one either).
• You are the author of your novel: Many of us have lives that appear ripped from the headlines – good and bad. That said, you are the author of your novel. You have the free will to do good with your life or be a complete waste of a human being. Whatever you decide, understand that you should ONLY compliment or blame yourself for the outcome of your life. Even when there are horrible and unpredictable events in our life, there are glimmers of hope where we have the opportunity to right our path and make a difference.

It may all seem rehashed…you’ve heard it all before… but what I’d like to leave you with is that if you remember that you are all important; that you should live openly – letting the true you shine; and you accept responsibility for where you are and where you’re going, then you will never regret any part of your decisions or ultimately, your life.

Keep passin’ the open windows…

2 comments:

Cassandra said...

hmmm.

I know my worth. I've always known my worth. The problem was that others didnt know my worth and treated me accordingly. I know you know what I mean...or maybe you dont. Sometimes we spend a lot of time trying to prove our worth to people who care not to know.

Consider what makes us all unique and different. Some folks cant process "out of the norm" or whom they want you to be instead of seeing who you really are because they are preoccupied with keeping their comfort zone comfortable. You go outside those lines and you are a problem. You are THE problem.

Standing in your truth may not always be what folks want you to do either. And heaven forbid you show your soul - with all of its flaws - to folks whom you should be able to show your soul to at an inconvenient time. God help you if they arent ready to hear your testimony. Back to worthlessness you go.

All of your points are, as usual, on point. I just wish more people would consider them and cut the horseshit.

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