Be Inspired, You Matter

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Hi WordPress Family!
I hope all of you have been well.
I began to write today after a stint of silence.
Today, I just wanted to let you know that you matter!
Don’t be tricked into thinking you don’t.

This started out with the intention of being a poem, that turned into a kind of random rambling writing.
But, still, I hope you enjoy!

You can only be you, not somebody else.
So don’t try to be anything but amazing you!
Yes, give ‘props’ to whom ‘props’ are due
But don’t let their looks, their light, their fame
Cast a shadow on your own success, your own dream
We all get intimidated from time to time
We see someone else soaking up all of the limelight
But, why do we let that affect our own personal ‘swag’?

True enough, in life, people seem to ‘have it all’
But we don’t know their back story
We don’t know what they’ve endured to get where they are
We don’t know what keeps them up at night
We don’t realize that they too have insecurities and problems
What’s bad is when people are arrogant, haughty, self-important
And try to berate or diminish others because of their own hidden insecurities
But, still, don’t let them get you down
Focus on your God-given talents. You have them

And do you know what?
They won’t look exactly like “his” or “hers” because they’re YOURS
You are not a clone of anyone else
Let your light shine, dear friend
Let your light shine
You have so much to give
Don’t belittle your own gifting
You may or may not receive fame or proper recognition always
But, look beyond that to the core of the matter
How you can bless and inspire others

There is SOMEONE watching you
Someone watching how you handle yourself
How you overcome adversity
How you persevere
How you treat others
How you act when you think no one is looking

So, let that light inside of you shine BRIGHTLY for the world to see
Let that light shine brighter than ALL of the taunting, laughter, jealousy, hatred
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and STRONG and SMART, no matter what they say.
Here’s what I want you to know…
Whether you’re considered a ‘classic beauty’ or ‘hot’ or not,
You have a unique beauty all your own
You have a voice that no one else has
You have a smile that no one can match
You have a tenacity that is uniquely yours
You have a joy that cannot be taken away
You have a way of making others feel welcomed, that is a rare gift
You have a way about you that is special
You have a talent that cannot be hidden
You have a dream that cannot be squashed

Free yourself from the prison of other people’s opinions
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but,
that doesn’t mean that you have to internalize it, if it tears you down
Speak truth to yourself
You matter

Whether you’re quietly bold, or more outgoing
Don’t wither, don’t cringe, don’t cower because of others.
You’re here for a reason.
There is something that you can do, that is uniquely you
No one else can do it quite like you
Embrace that
and…
Shine.
Shine.
SHINE!
You’re beautiful.

Ps-If you’re being bullied – GO TELL SOMEONE!
You’re too precious to lose.
The National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Songs I like:

Need You Now – Plumb
Headphones – Britt Nicole
Gold – Britt Nicole
Still That Girl – Britt Nicole
I Need a Miracle – Third Day
High School – SuperChic[k]
Suddenly – SuperChic[k]
One and Lonely – SuperChic[k]
So Bright, Stand Up – SuperChic[k]

© 2013 KD Corner / K.D. “Be Inspired, You Matter”
Photo credit: morguefile.com / by Karpati Gabor

Insecurities / Not Good Enough

I’m going to be open and candid here. Just like in my prayer time, I find that the only time I really get anywhere in prayer with God is when I’m flat-out honest. So, here, through this medium, I am going to be honest because I hope it will help someone else. I think that we wear masks and put up facades because it’s easier.  It’s easier than being transparent…easier than being real. To be sure, the environment we may find ourselves in is not always conducive to transparency. Sometimes it’s not “safe”. But there are instances when it’s necessary and/or somehow you know it is the right place & time for you to be open. And I think it always takes bravery.

I oft-times struggle with not feeling like I’m good enough. I hate to admit that. No one ever really wants to admit that. But, even some of the most seemingly confident people we know struggle with insecurities. They just don’t show it outwardly.  I always wanted to be “perfect”.  Perfect to win my parents’ affections (though I knew they loved me); perfect to please my teachers; perfect in class so that I didn’t get the wrong answer and people wouldn’t laugh at me; perfect so that I would not be the butt of ‘ugly’ jokes; perfect so that I wouldn’t be singled out or picked on; perfect so that I could have some degree of popularity; perfect so that dudes would like me; and perfect…so that God would approve of me.

The last statement is the kicker. I wanted to be perfect so that God would love me and approve of me.  Oh, yes…I’ve since learned that God isn’t judgemental like people are. He doesn’t sit in the sky with a ‘people-swatter’ waiting for me to do one more dumb thing so that He can squash me like a bug. He most certainly does the opposite of hate me.  In fact, He loves me so intensely that I cannot comprehend such a love.  I’ve not experienced anything that comes close to it.

So, knowing the truth, why do I still sometimes struggle with insecurities? I don’t have the answer to that question. I’m certainly not asking anyone who reads this to figure it out for me. No, I recognize that I’m in a process.  God has me in a process of learning more and more about Himself; learning more and more about myself: realizing some erred beliefs that I hold about myself (and about Him); and learning more and more … perhaps I should say…absorbing or understanding more and more about just how vast, how complete, how perfect, how overwhelming, how awesome, how scary-big (in a good way), how AMAZING & Ginormous His love really is.  And there’s nothing I can do or say that can change that. No mistake/error/flub/mess-up/epic-fail can change His mind about how much He loves me.  His love never ends and never fails and never gives up on you.

Amen.

Toodles ♥

© “Not Good Enough” KD Corner 2012

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