Be Strong – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“How many times have you waited for someone to reply to the message you wrote – and yet you didn’t receive it?
How many times have you dressed up for someone, waiting to hear from them that you’re beautiful?

How many times have you waited for someone’s call, so that they may make you feel happy?

How many times have you waited for someone to appreciate the work you’re doing, so it’s easier for you to continue doing it?

With the reply that never came, the compliment you didn’t hear, the phone call that wasn’t intended, and the appreciation that was held back – you and I, we lost our self-worth.

Since kindergarten, we began to associate our self-worth with the golden stars our teachers gave us. By middle school, this turned in to how popular people thought we were and by college, we were living on the compliments we received, and the number of people who praised us.
And till today, we think that our worth is determined by the way others perceive us. Thus, we want our friends to give joy to us, we want our partners to constantly praise us, we want to be noticed, and we want to be appreciated.

Slowly, and gradually, this will harm us. Seeking approval and validation from others will change in to a permanent, life long struggle, if we don’t start believing in ourselves.

Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself – carefully. Speak to your reflection. Tell your reflection you are beautiful, you are strong. Tell your reflection that you appreciate yourself, that you want to make yourself happy. Tell your reflection that you’ll be there for yourself.

Because sooner or later, you will realize that there is no one who will always be there for you, there is no one but you.

– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living Foundation

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