Your Whole Self

This picture is a couple of weeks old. I’m just using it because it fits nicely with today’s topic. My real attire is dirt smeared sweat pants, yesterdays shirt, and pink garden gloves. No sense in being cute when there are weeds to pluck. But you didn’t stop by this blog to hear me talking about my clothes or gardening for that matter.

It was while walking my dog and tending to the garden when I started thinking about the many layers of myself and how I notice that people pick the parts of me they like. Some people love the silly me. They like when I post funny memes and do silly things. Some people like intellectual me. They love when I talk about history and little-known facts. Some people love the lover in me. They like to see me and my husband together, loving on one another and having a good time. Some people like the spiritual me. They like to hear me quote scriptures and talk about the bible. They like prophetic me. Some people like fiction me. They enjoy my novels and short stories. Others like the poet me.

I’ve learned from life that you’ll meet so many different people over the course of a lifetime and they will pick the parts of you they like best. But you know, as I know, every part of you helps to build you into the person you are. What I realized today was the importance of accepting your whole self. People may pick the parts of me they like but it is my responsibility (not theirs) to pick my whole self. I am all of the things people love (and don’t love) rolled up into one. I am not a scattered puzzle. I am a body and each of my body parts helps me to be the full and whole person that I am. When we start to favor one part of ourselves over another because we see it is what people like most, we lose the other parts of ourselves. And since we need every body part to make up a full body, in a sense, we lose ourselves.

Remember that there are layers of you and though people will choose the layer they like best, it is your job to choose your whole self.

7 thoughts on “Your Whole Self

  1. Everyone loves what they love in someone and they might not like what you thought they would like about you so what is important is to know yourself and distance yourself from those who have many things they don’t like about yourself.

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    1. It is true that you should not be around people who find many things to dislike about you. It’s just as important, I think, not to expect people to love everything about you. We simply cannot please them all and neither should we try. To try to be everything to everyone is mentally crippling. We must learn to love ourselves whole even when others don’t. This is our responsibility. Only we can do the soulwork to make it possible. Equally important, I think, is to understand seasons and how not everyone is in our life permanently. Some people are here to teach us something or perhaps for us to teach them something. Most of the people who used to read and comment on these posts four years ago, for example, are not here anymore. There’s almost an entirely new group of readers here now. Seasons.

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