Thursday, 10 September 2015

don't apologize for being "you"

You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge. Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.

The world today is full of people who are different to us and have different expectations of us. If you spend your life trying to please everyone, making yourself smaller, or quieter, or less in some way then you limit yourself and your potential.

Let's celebrate the women God made us to be - let's be the best we are capable of being and get on with living life to the full. If we unintentionally hurt someone in the process, then we deal with that and make amends. If we bother people because they are narrow minded or uptight or miserable, then that is their issue and we have to let them deal with it.

This is the only life we have, we are the women we were created to be - let's get out there and get on with the business of living joyfully and abundantly!



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    1. thanks Corinne - I'm coming to realize that we need to embrace who we are - even if others want to water us down.

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  2. I also love this message. Not always easy to do for me, but I've been working on it. Be who you are. That's all we can be!

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    1. Exactly Cathy - there comes a stage in life when we just need to be true to ourselves and not trying to fit into other people's boxes

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  3. I love this. I do not need to shine less brightly if you think I am shining too much in your eyes :-)

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    1. so true Carla - put on some sunglasses and enjoy the light we bring!

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  4. Love this thought and agree with it completely! :)

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  5. Terrific post Leanne! I really love your outlook and inspirational posts every day!

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  6. Love this in everyway-very uplifting.

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    1. thanks - I just think we should be celebrating who we are and not dumbing ourselves down to fit other people's expectations.

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  7. I grade 11, the group of popular girls told me I was too loud and too rough. I was crushed and tried to reform myself to meet their (and, I supposed, everyone else's) expectations. Ended up going to a different school, because, let's face it - I'm me! The volume knob is stuck on full. :)

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    1. Hi Diane - I think I would have been your friend in high school - you sound like you'd have been more fun than those other girls :)

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    1. I just love the idea of being true to yourself - if not now then when!?

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  9. Love this Leanne! Such an important message.

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    1. thanks Lana - we'll celebrate ourselves and leave the others to mind their business :)

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  10. Such a beautiful message, one that I wish to follow no matter how hard the path or how many times I falter :)

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    1. It's easy to get caught up with trying to make yourself into the person you think others want you to be - I'm finding that I don't want to do that anymore Nabanita - hope you do too :)

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