Ah, the stigma. It’s that nasty little preconceived stereotype that everyone has about something. Our culture is full of them, and unfortunately, we must all deal with them at one point or another. Like toothaches, these will never go away unless we do…
Self esteem has never been my strong suit. In fact I often times wonder if any one in my direct family has strong self esteem. I don’t believe that self confidence can make or break some one, but it can help them find their strong attributes. A balance of self skepticism and good self esteem…
My beautiful sister here brings up some very good points. The low self esteem is an ongoing pattern in our family, but so is the underlying strength which has kept us going.
Part of the problem is that instead of handing out positive reinforcement and constructive criticism, the vast majority of our society doles out the poison of negativity and put downs like candy.
Once one is caught in that spiral, it’s incredibly difficult to get out of.
Those who are intuitive or creative bear a lot of additional weight on their shoulders due to the fact that more right brained pursuits aren’t nearly as encouraged as left brained, logical occupations and thought patterns.
Although logic and empirical thought is valuable, so, too, is intuition and creativity. Where would we be without the creativity behind science, after all? How would anyone have survived intact without the nourishment provided by thought provoking written/spoken word, music or art?
The touch may be subtle, but if you open your eyes and take a good look at the world around you, you’ll see the influence from our architecture, to our clothing, to our very language.
This world is made up of entirely too many different types of people for only one thought model to work.
Finding that balance is integral to a happy, healthy life.
Truth be told, I’m extremely grateful for that ongoing struggle.
How would we even know the joy of achievement, creativity and appreciation without the flip side of the coin?