SPONSOR: www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-joe-ledford-03407421/ Mk 1:15 The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.
It's so easy to say, really. Probs why we all do it so much and so often:
"Don't let him/her bother you."
"Let it roll off your back."
"Take the power away from him/her by not allowing them to hurt you."
"Only YOU can control how you feel."
Man, it is SUCH good advice...for androids. I mean, sure, it works for C3PO ... or Siri. But the humans have, you know, the feels. And for some of us; they are a big factor in ... well, everything, really. Mostly related to self-image.
Which is good ... and bad. And happy ... and sad. See what I did there? Here's the thing, sometimes, even when you know that you're just the unfortunate recipient of someone's misplaced anger ... the feels don't let you remember that. They'll whisper:
"He's right. You're not that great of a writer."
"Look, you are far enough up the ladder. Be thankful for what you've got and be quiet."
"You're not all that."
"It's not like you're smart--you don't have a full-fledged Master's degree, just that stupid certificate."
Aw, those creepy, crawly insecure feels. Guess what? There are a buncha other types crammed into the humans, too: confidence is a biggie. He screams:
"You are here to be your best self!"
"You are NOT less than!"
"You are smart and capable and have great worth!"
"You are loved and you matter!"
Confidence sounds a lot like the Big Guy ... and your Ma, no? Look; as long as you're treating the other humans well, working hard, trying your best, and doing good...you are winning.
So believe in yourself because I (and the Big Guy and your Ma) think you are awesome...it's just that you forgot for a sec.