Bloopers vs. highlights – how do you see yourself?

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Funny how things look different from another person’s perspective.  At any given time, I feel like a mess.  I have a million things constantly going through my mind. Some things are minor, like who is going to take out the trash.  And some are major:  what am I doing with my life; I put my foot in my mouth (again); why didn’t I do A instead of B and then everything would have been perfect; what am I going to do in the next 10 years to make my mark in this world; and are my kids going to be okay??  I usually have no answers, but I keep plodding ahead putting one foot in front of the other and hoping it will all come together.  At least the trash always gets taken out.  And yet, I think from the outside, I look relatively put together.  I was thinking about this today after someone complimented me and my first reaction was to dismiss the kind words, and secondly to beat myself up and say it wasn’t anything special.  Then it reminded me of something I heard while back  “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”  I find it is so true for me, and perhaps for others too: judging ourselves too harshly and failing to give ourselves credit where due.   It seems so easy to be generous with others and look at their positives, and so easy to focus on our own negatives.  Anyway – just a thought for today if you find yourself turning down a compliment or looking harshly at one of your bloopers  – just remember – everyone else is looking at your highlight reel – and you should too!

 

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