Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Being you means not being inferior or superior to any one

I’ve learned recently that being you is about doing what makes you feel good and is morally right. When you turn on the television, you may find many people who are flaunting their bodies, money and fame. The reasons for doing this may be many, but one of the reoccurring themes I find with people like this is that they have either an inferiority complex or a superiority complex. Either complex is not good for the soul. I think in the age of having Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, some people may get caught in others’ perceived lavished lifetime. It is definitely understandable, but I think there are several things we can do to make sure we don’t fall in to envy, hatred or doubt because of what some one else has: knowing your worth and not looking down on others because of their current situation. Don’t put yourself below anyone to make someone feel good about himself or herself while not doing the opposite either. You may become complacent. I think there is a place for the meek in the world. But, I wouldn’t confuse meekness with the inability to do something better or being someone’s footstool.

One suggestion to live a successful and joyful life is not putting yourself above others. Yes, many of us have terminal degrees or have received high accolades, but that doesn’t give us the right to disregard others for the work they do in this world. Simply acknowledging the small things that your spouse, supervisor, subordinates or family members do in life will always keep you humble and understanding of your place in the world. Simply put, without these folks, a lot of things that you are able to do wouldn’t be possible.

Also, I suggest you not put others above you to live a successful and joyful life. Yes, a person may have a Mercedes, a huge house and a beautiful spouse; however, it doesn’t mean you don’t have those things either. Some times we have a tendency to look at other’s places in life as a slice of heaven while looking at ours as a slice of hell. However, everyone is dealing with some type of issue whether you think it is a big one or not. But, keep in mind that no one goes through this life unscathed.

Dr. Ronnie O. Rice

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