She was poetry in a world that was still learning the alphabet.
I read this quote tonight and nodded. Boy have I felt that way lately. Have you, reader?
For a while, I’ve been wearing rose-colored glasses. I’ve chosen to believe the lies over what I knew to be the truth. Why? For many reasons. The main one being that I believed the lie that this was what I was worth.
Through a series of circumstances, those rose-colored glasses were removed and I’ve been made so aware of the fact that I deserve more.
I’m worth more.
And so are you.
How often do we settle for “just enough” because we question how much more we’re really worth? How often do we settle for mediocre friendships, a dead-end job, average health, and merely making ends meet financially instead of striving for better?
For the last few months, I’ve allowed my heart to settle for some things that I never should have even considered. I believed the lie that it was okay to settle and had even started to justify my decision to myself. Numerous times, it was pointed out to me that I deserved better and you know what? Deep down, I knew they were right.
But the heart is a funny thing. Once you get emotionally attached to a person, place, or thing, it’s easy to start to change and become what you think you need to be, in order to keep whatever it is you want.
That’s not who I am, reader – but it was who I was slowly becoming.
Your heart is worth more, friend. YOU are worth more. I can’t stress enough how worth it you truly are.
You’re worth more than the friend who only wants to hang out when they have nothing better to do. You’re worth more than the empty promises of a boss who hasn’t promoted you for years but says he will as soon as things get better. You’re worth more than the person who swears they love you but doesn’t show it.
You are worth more!
But it’s time we began acting like it. People will treat you however you allow them to. Act like you’re worth more and people will start to fall in line.
There may be days where you feel like poetry in a world still learning the alphabet, but that’s okay. It’s better to patiently wait and anticipate the best that is yet to come, than settle for less than you’re worth.
I’m exchanging my rose-colored glasses for a magnifying lens. I want to see the good, bad, and the ugly and make the best decision from there. Deceiving or changing myself won’t help make the world a better place and it certainly won’t help make me a better person.
Tonight, I’m actively choosing better. I’m actively choosing to not settle. And I’m moving confidently forward in the direction I know I’m meant to walk.
I can only hope the same for you.
P.s. After writing this post, I found a post I wrote 3 years ago and laughed. Apparently there are just some lessons we need to learn a few times in life. I’m right there with ya, friend. 😉