Self Worth

Self Worth

Self-worth is how we view ourselves. It must be based on internalized values, a core belief system that is not influenced or degraded by another persons opinions. It is the “I” that we must guard against allowing outside forces to corrupt. It is what we need, not what we want. It means always doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. It requires a self discipline to maintain in a healthy state. It is a recognition that we are an integral part of the universe, family, church, country, universe and that the world would be impoverished to some degree if we weren’t in it. It is character. It means being honest with ourselves. It gives us courage in adversity. Confidence in trial. Solace in grief. Certainty in confusion. It must be protected and nurtured, allowed to grow and flourish.

If we allow this corruption, our self worth is diminished. Using skills, achievements, status, financial resources, or physical attributes as a basis engenders an arrogant attitude. The illusion of being successful and admired gives way to disillusionment as the possessions and achievements that feed our ego fail to satisfy our needs. Every individual experiences basic needs — hunger, thirst, fatigue, etc. We are conditioned to satisfy these needs by getting something — food, drink, or rest. Mistakenly we conclude that by getting, we will achieve an acceptable self-worth/esteem.

Guilt, regret, anger, shame and fear are devastating to our sense of self worth. Self aggrandizement only lessens our sense of self worth. Our motives must be pure.

Our identity can easily be over-inflated when our self-worth is miscalculated. It is healthy to remember, as we mature and circumstances change, that we are not bound by how other people evaluate us. Real self-worth is entirely internal. It’s realizing the true source of your usefulness and value.

Be wary of people who try to increase their own false sense of self worth at your expense.

It is like your checking account, try to keep it in the black, self worth doesn’t have a ready reserve.

“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here”

Consider the video below. The bacteria is centered. What else can you say? Why do you people make it so complicated? “I am me. I like me. I want to stay me. I don’t want to be anyone else.”



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