The Way Other People Make Us Feel
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
This is so true as no one person can make any of us feel a particular way without us first giving them permission. We are literally in control of our own feelings and how others may lead us to feel at any given time.
If someone says or does something that makes me feel badly, that is my fault for allowing it to happen. Therefore my mantra is “Always Know Your Worth!”
I deserve much better than to feel poorly just because someone chose to inflict their negativity upon me and my life. No one has the right to make me feel less-than. Same for you! No one has the right to make you feel unworthy.
We all encounter other persons who may be having a bad day or is just feeling down on themselves. How that person feels often comes across in their chosen words and/or actions. How I react to those words and actions is on me and I try hard to not allow the negativity of others to affect how I feel, even if I am having a less-than-grand day myself.
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Knowing my worth has helped me avoid some very ugly situations while dealing with the public, especially when I worked retail. I have been cussed out by rude, ungrateful customers yet I chose to not allow that negative interaction ruin my day or affect how I perceive myself.
I learned a long time ago that I am not responsible for the emotions, thoughts, actions and words of another. I am, however, responsible for myself and how I perceive others and what they may say or do to me. A sarcastic, “Nice hair,” can really ruin your day if you allow it. At the same time, you can choose to think, “Hey, they noticed my hair. Cool.” And simply leave it at that.
You do not know what prompted that person to say what they did. Maybe it was because they were self-conscious of their own hair! Think about that.
Knowing my own worth does not mean that I have the right to inflict my bad day on others. I try to always be cognizant of how my words and actions may impact another person. I once was very rude at a local grocery store and said some very unkind things to the clerk and the bag boy who, as it turned out, was autistic. This happened about 15 years ago and I have never gotten past it, yet I choose to use that in my interactions with all persons since. I felt so badly for what I did and said to that young man who was not in any way at fault for my bad day.
Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Take control of your reactions and always know your own worth.
Tamara is an award-winning writer with over 35 years experience as a Spiritual Life Coach, Psychic, Tarot Reader and Medium. She has worked with individuals all over the world through a myriad of life issues ranging from relationship and marriage counseling to dealing with grief and loss, as well as a whole host in between. She appears as a guest speaker on numerous podcasts and radio shows. To learn more about Tamara, please visit: www.psychicamarillo.com