I read a wonderful blog post today
from Vanessa of At The Picket Fence.
I believe it’s at the heart of many damaging behaviors–
which most surely become weapons,
cutting to the very heart and soul.
My own insecurity led to attention-seeking behaviors….
people pleasing….and very “loud” body language
(because I wasn’t permitted to voice negative emotions,
and besides I might offend someone and then they would be mad at me–heaven forbid!)
Insecurity seeps into our lives because of many reasons, but I’d say the key issue is the feeling of “not good enough”.
Which leads us to lash out in anger.
Seek to establish control.
To strive to please.
To engage in self-defeating behaviors.
Things I’ve worked hard to remove from my life.
My “ah-ha” moment came years ago when I realized that the only person I needed to please was God. He alone had the purest love and intentions for me. Humans all have an agenda, realized or not. We perceive and receive others through that filtered agenda. Bottom line?
Our belief programs our behavior!
When I let go of others’ opinions and focused on my behaviors, I began the journey to freedom. Not without setbacks and “playing those old tapes” which programmed unhealthy behaviors, but definitely toward emotional healing!
I have learned that my only competition is myself and my focus is now on changing for the better, every day if possible.
We really can’t change people unless they decide to change themselves. Sometimes our own positive, accepting behaviors toward them will encourage that change. But if it doesn’t, we still have a choice, as Vanessa states.
Choose wisely, my friends, for we hold
the power of life and death in our words and deeds.
Read the whole post Vanessa wrote. She states it perfectly.
Thank you Vanessa, for your inspiring words today!