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Monday, September 15, 2014

never apologize for who you are

A Snippet of Inspiration

Each Monday is devoted to a snippet of inspiration because a little rain falls in everyone's life.

For many years I found myself apologizing when someone told me I was too sensitive, too emotional. Then I stopped.



I knew that those parts of my personality were what helped me to be a better counselor. I knew that it would be easier to not show those feelings, but it would also be insincere. 

We are each one unique and we should never have to apologize for who we are. So let those feelings out. Show that you care. You may not only change your life, but quite possibly the life of someone else.
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14 comments:

  1. People used to tell me "You think too much." Like thinking was a bad thing. :) Like you I realized it was one of my God-given attributes designed to help me walk in my purpose.

    Good post Laura. Have a good week.

    ~ Cassandra

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    1. Hmmm!!! How could thinking be a bad thing? Glad to know you didn't listen, Cassandra. :)

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  2. Thank you Laura, This is a quote that reaches my heart. Catherine

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  3. These are words I shall cling to. Because I always have found myself apologizing for who I am. And why? I don't know.
    Brenda

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    1. I think much of it is the way we, as women, have been socialized. You are special, just as you are, my friend.

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  4. Ah, why do we take so long to understand this? At least I have. Since retiring from pastoral ministry I have been able to embrace this. Down side is that I am now afraid to get involved in any ministry or group because I think I might slide back into old was of people pleasing and being the person they want me to be because I am afraid If I am myself I won't measure up. :( How sad.
    Debbie

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    1. Debbie, I hope your knowing will help you. It is such a hard thing to overcome. I think so many of us want to please people. It is human nature to want to be accepted, but knowing that we are all created with a purpose and as special unique individuals is what is most important. I am sure you still have much to give and hope you will be able to get involved again. xo

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  5. You are so right. I think it takes some time before people are really comfortable with who they truly are.

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    1. It does, Michelle, and as we get older many of us begin to realize that what others think of us is none of our business :)

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  6. That describes me well! I am very sensitive and show emotions easy. Sometimes I'm around people that aren't like that and it makes me feel like something is wrong with me. But, I've learned to accept that "they" are not the normal that I need to aspire to. This is just who I am and they are just who they are. I do think it makes you a better counselor for sure!

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    1. I am so happy to know that you realize that showing your emotions is not a bad thing, Kelly. You are a special person, my friend :)

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  7. I was so glad when l read by chance about the HSP personality - highly sensitive person. One in five are highly sensitive to some degree. Had never heard of it before, now it's all in the news here and books on the subject are being published "left right and centre". I remember thinking "wow, there's nothing wrong with me atall, l am just highly sensitive. Have often been told, like the above commentor: "you think too much or you are far too sensitive". Well, guess what, l was just being me :). Pam

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    1. I think we HSP people are put here for a special reason. We have a lot of empathy and after all what would the world be without any empathy. :)

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