“Be Kind To Yourself”

“You can’t expect to be perfect
It’s a fight you’ve gotta forfeit

Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself
Be kind to yourself”

“Be Kind to Yourself” Andrew Peterson

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PRAY

“Bee” Yourself

“Your only job while you’re here on the planet is to be…good at being you.” -Caroline McHugh “The art of being yourself” TEDxMiltonKeynesWomen

I arrived at work and placed my finished peice among the other contest submissions. I was super stoked about how it turned out…until I checked out the stunning peices that instantly made me feel…a lot less excited. Inferior. Not enough.

Why didn’t I think of that?

Why can’t I be more creative?

Why can’t I be more like them?

My high school art teacher sent me to talk to the social worker one day, for what reason I can’t remember. I don’t remember what I said to her. But I do know what she said to me. She told me a story about a bear who wanted to be someone else, so he dressed up as a bee.

She ended up giving me the “bear dressed as a bee” stuffed animal to remind me that I don’t have to try and be anyone else to be happy. I have to be myself to be happy.

I could have made an elaborate, polished-looking masterpiece with a more creative theme. But I knew the theme I wanted to portray. I knew the message I wanted to send. I put MYSELF into my peice. And I have no regrets.

“But remember, “bee” yourself.”-Genie in Aladdin

For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” -1Samuel 16:7b (ESV)

Dear God,

Thank You for creating me to be me. For creating me as a unique being with an individual contribution to make. If You wanted me to be like the rest of them, You wouldn’t have wanted to make one of me. Help me to find my own value and worth that You created in me, and to not compare myself. I’m glad you made me me.