Never let anyone determine your self-worth
So much of our self-image is pieced together from the bits reflected by others: parents, siblings, friends, teachers and peers – even strangers.
An ability to independently define your own identity and value requires an intense investment from family early in childhood. It also requires the time and opportunity to explore your own interests, make mistakes, change paths and reach for newly discovered goals.
In order to truly know yourself, you need to tune out all the noise and listen to your thoughts in the silence. You must decide how you look in the dark when you can’t see your reflection in the mirror or another person’s eyes.
“Solitude, quality solitude, is an assertion of self-worth, because only in the stillness can we hear the truth of our own unique voices.”
~ Pearl Cleage (Deals with the Devil, and Other Reasons to Riot)
Knowing yourself is also about knowing what turns you on and what turns you off. What makes you engage and what makes you dis-engage. Your capacity to engage is truly the best measure of your worth as it determines how much you have to offer yourself and others.
“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.”
— C. Joy Bell C.
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