Both Tammy and Teri have some great inspirational quotes with great lessons! One of my all time favorite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt:
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".
This is such a simple statement, but SO powerful, and so very true! One of the things we teach our clients in counseling is the concept of "owning" their feelings. Sometimes, when we are feeling badly about something (e.g., shame, embarrassment, inferior, etc.), it is a result of us NOT setting boundaries with the people around us. Sometimes, we don't even realize that we actually have the choice to not allow someone else to make us feel badly about ourselves! If someone you are around stirs up negative feelings with you, ask yourself if you are actually ALLOWING them to make you feel "inferior". If so, what do you need to do to change this? You can't control other people, but you can control what you allow or don't allow in your life.
Stay tuned next week, when we will discuss forgiveness... Until then, thanks for reading! See you next week...
Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.