“I’m not going to limit myself just because people won’t accept the fact that I can do something else.”Dolly Parton
I used to shrink back within myself in certain circles. Maybe you can relate. I have found over time that being me is not acceptable to some people.
I had a situation come up where I was verbally bullied in front of several loved ones, and not one of them stood up for me. I excused myself, went in to the washroom and asked God to take this situation out of my hands.
He directed me to stand up and refuse to be bullied any longer, after He lead me to forgive the one who hurt me, and to break off the lie that I was not able to do anything in the moment.
I could have kept carrying on in the same old way around this person, but prayer lead me to a healthier way.
This quote by Dolly Parton, recently shared by Grit & Virtue, reminded me of this truth: I am not like everybody else. I am able to do a variety of things, & that may come across as intimidating or stir up insecurity in other people.
With all the kindness I now say to them, not my problem.
Your life may not be the way you want it to be. Sometimes circumstances outside our control can hinder our goals, our dreams.
But you don’t have to stay there.
You too can rise up, shake off the dust of the past and choose a new path.
You do not have to stay small by following what others think you should be doing.
I never thought I would be doing so many things I loved at this age & stage in my life. I am very thankful that God has been leading me into pleasant spaces & places as I follow Him.
He is more than willing to do the same for you too, friend, as you tune out the negative voices & focus in on what He has for you. For the One who created you knows where you will flourish!
Both you & I can be ourselves, & that’s a good mindset to walk out every day, yes?