What Makes You the Exception?

Talking to someone the other day, she shared with me a profound statement, and I wanted to share that with you all. “Everyone has worth. Everyone is special and their lives have value. What makes you the exception?” 

‘Woah’, right? You see, I’ve always been someone who can find something to compliment someone else on. I love to compliment people, and each and every compliment I genuinely mean. However, I find that, when it comes to myself, I can’t do this as easily. I could come up with three, five, or even ten things that I like about someone else, like a friend, just like that, but for myself, it might take quite a while. 

I love the aforementioned quote because I can see the worth in those around me. I can see their value. I don’t have to search or think about it because I see it so clearly. But not for myself. The quote challenges this by asking you why, when you can easily find the good in others, can’t you find the good in yourself? 

When we’re struggling, our brains might be feeding us lies about who we are and what kind of person we are. Maybe your mind tells you you’re not enough, you’re not worthy, you’re not valuable. But this just isn’t true. You are enough. You are worthy. You are valuable.

Next time you go to compliment someone or say something positive about them, try to think of something for yourself. A friend is wearing a nice top? So are you! Your friend, who might be struggling, is so strong for continuing to fight? So are you. Your friend is enough, as they are? So are you. Show yourself the same kindness that you show others. I know it’s easier said than done, but you aren’t the exception. You are just as worthy as everyone else.


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