….and forget the rest.
That’s about where I’ve landed in life.
Call me a dreamer, but I use to think that I could please everyone. Somehow talk to people and make them see my side of things. The classic people pleaser.
Now. I’m jaded.
The truth is: You can’t please everyone.
Here’s why: Everyone has their own opinion. About everything.
And most want to tell you WHY they came to such opinion.
(that could be called “preaching” – I like to see it as “sharing.”)
My life is an open book for anyone who wants to see.
A list of the things I do that others might not agree with:
- I homeschool my kids.
- I’m a conservative Republican.
- I talk about sex.
- I have natural births.
- I am my husband’s helpmate. Not his boss.
- I breastfeed my babies.
- I believe in God. Jesus. The Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.
- I spank my kids. (almost wrote “discipline my kids through physical child training”, said screw it, and went with spank.)
The one thing all of these declarations have in common? They start with the letter “I”.
Meaning I do these things. Me.
And I would never presume that you would feel the same about these issues. They are what I have chosen to do. Where my convictions have led ME.
I don’t need to justify myself to anyone (although sometimes I want to SO badly). The only person that I’ll be held accountable to is God.
There’s such comfort in that. For this people pleaser.
Maybe your life and views look completely opposite of mine.
In fact, THAT’S the message I want to get across today.
Live your life in such a way that you can’t imagine it any other way.
The choices you make – they’re yours. That’s the great thing about life – you get a choice!
Just make sure you choose wisely.
Follow your convictions. OWN THEM.
With no judgment for what others are doing.
End of preaching sharing time.
QUESTION: What are some of YOUR lifestyle choices that others might not agree with?