I don’t know if ya’ll have noticed a new list I formed of worthwhile quotes. Here is the latest from a dear friend of ours:
"How someone treats you does not define your loveableness." L. Brickman
There are some who will only love us when we can give them something and others who will love us even when we act horribly. When I was pregnant with my son, I had nine months of PMS. My dd’s first words to her new brother were, "Hi. I’m the one Mommy’s always yelling at." Yes, I was a horrible person. However, my dear friend, Laura, called me every other day to make sure someone was still speaking with me! She actually said that to me! I was not at all loveable in the world’s eyes but Laura saw me with different eyes and didn’t avoid me and my terrible behavior. I was still loved by her!
By the same token, if people treat me badly, that does not mean I am not loveable! They do not have the power to define whether or not I am a loveable person. I hope I am making sense because, despite the late hour, I am feeling very strongly about this. Hearts was pointing out on her site how so many women have low self-esteem. If we will only accept that "Our actions do not define who we are. God defines who we are" (another L. Brickman quote) we will see that since God loves us we are loveable! We don’t have to be loved by everyone!
Now I feel I may be able to sleep because this has exhausted me! Sweet dreams, dear ones. gail