For me as a parent this could not be more true! My children grew up not being lavished in luxury. They learned how to budget and how to do without. When they were given something special they knew how to be thankful with grace. My kids turned out great! ♥
Showing my true, real self is hard. Bullied, teased, made fun of for who you really were is hard to come from. That's why people put up walls, barriers, masks, to hide behind. They're afraid that people will do it again, just like the people before.
If you don’t value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, you’re sabotaging yourself. You do not have control over what others say and do; but you do have control over whether or not you will allow them to say and do these things to you. You alone can deny their poisonous words and actions from invading your heart and mind. Remember, if you do not respect your sacred inner space, no one else will either.
I have to constantly remind myself of this. Sometimes I have to force myself not to go above and beyond....keeps me from getting my feelings hurt by realizing not everyone is willing to do the same for me.