You Are Better Than "This"
You could buy me diamonds You could buy me pearls Take me on a cruise around the world Baby you know I'm worth it
My hot button for tonight is "living beneath your privilege."
a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.
I heard a story about a couple who saved up to buy the cruise of a lifetime. They were so excited that they never even looked at all of the brochures, confirmation papers, and details about their trip. When they boarded the ship, they went straight to their room and ate one of the many meals that they had packed for the trip. They walked around the ship and were amazed at some of the entertainment and meal options. "We could never afford that," they said to themselves.
After four days of sun and meals in their rooms, they arrived back at origination to deboard. The Captain had formed a line to personally greet everyone as they exited the ship. When the couple finally had their turn, the Captain asked "How was your cruise?" "It was wonderful," they replied. "How were the buffet meals?" he asked. "Well, we don't know. We couldn't afford to eat those extravagant meals." The Captain looked at them in shock and then told them "Those 'extravagant' meals were part of your cruise package. There was no additional cost for it."
This is how a lot of us go through life. We count ourselves "out." Not just out of a free meal. But out of so many opportunities that are presented to us.
We talk ourselves out of reaching for more. At the core of this is a self-defeating belief that we already have what we deserve. We convince ourselves that asking for "more" is greedy or immoral. So we spend our life living beneath the privilege that was granted as our birthright.
I am NOT promoting that "you deserve to have it all." What I am promoting is the idea that you must embrace "I am better than THIS" before you can walk in the Power of Your Unique.
THIS is the situation that you allow to exist because you are comfortable or you can't admit the truth. THIS are those people who you allow to disrespect you. THIS is the love that you deny yourself because something is better than nothing. THIS is the job that you work because you think "I have to survive." THIS is the people that you try to impress even when you know they still won't like you. THIS is exposing the preciousness that you are to the meanness of people who could care less.
If you can't admit it to yourself, allow me to say it for you - YOU are better than THIS!
So much better than THIS!
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
I remember the day that I first told myself "I am better than THIS." I had dug myself in a whole trying to "make right" the wrong that I had done. I was young, pregnant, and confused. "How did this happen to me?
After wallowing in my tears I finally came to this conclusion: "I am better than THIS." And my second conclusion: "My children deserve better than THIS."
This motivated me to move my life in a different direction. I could not "settle" just because life was kicking me in the behind. I had to move on. "I am BETTER than THIS."
Can I share something with you? You will never get beyond where you are now until you DECIDE that "I am better than THIS." As long as you accept your situation and circumstance as "good enough for me," it will NEVER change.
Bad things happen to good people. And bad things happen to good-hearted people. You cannot let the bad things turn into the story of your terrible life.
Some days are BAD. Very BAD. But it is not the end of the world. One of the books I read to my children was this story about a little boy that had a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."
Don't let your bad times or your bad days define you.
You are not alone. You don't have to go to Australia (you have to look at the video to understand).
You are BETTER than THIS - whatever your THIS is at the moment.
Take a deep breath and know this: every day won't be like THIS.
And your next decision can propel you beyond THIS. Only then can you begin to live out of the privileges that were yours all along.
You are BETTER than THIS!
I am cheering for YOU!
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