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Speaking too highly of yourself

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Speaking too highly of yourself might, at best, earn you admiration and respect, but by doing so, you are isolating yourself. You are constantly telling others how different you are from them and pushing them further away from you.”

― Dr. Prem Jagyasi

Different is Not a Value Judgment

Different Strokes
Different Strokes (Photo credit: Abiola_Lapite)

Being different can be a scary thing.  Judgment usually accompanies the word different and often it is a negative judgment.

People not only distrust what is different they often fear it.  Why?  If we accept different ideas, beliefs, ways of doing things, even people,  we may find ourselves and our way of life changing.  One of the biggest fears of humankind is change.

Do you realize that the word different itself is not a value judgment?  Different can be positive, negative or just different.

When we refuse to open ourselves to new things we become stagnant, life becomes boring and problems take on a life all their own.  When we refuse to make room in our lives for people who are different we are refusing the wonderful gifts they may have to offer.  Can we really afford to squander the gifts of anyone in a world so much in need of fresh ideas?

Thought for Today

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp (Photo credit: ATempletonPhoto.com)

“If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.” — Johnny Depp