One of my favorite quotes is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Many people feel lost without their own identity, and the same goes for their sense of self-esteem. This quote is attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have to believe that I am worth something because I am something.
You’re going to spend your life on Earth being an idiot, but you’re still going to feel like you are worth something. I don’t mean that you are always going to feel good, but that you are worth something now that you’ve been given a second chance at life. You may not feel good about it at first, but I assure you that you will like it eventually.
I think it is important to realize that people with self-esteem can be very self-critical. They are also aware of how they treat others. I think if we all did a little bit more of this self-awareness as we walk through life, we would all feel good about ourselves more often.
A good example of this is when I was very young. I was reading a book about a girl named Laura who has been taken away to a mental hospital, and her brother told me that he felt bad about Laura because she seemed so depressed. I was like, “Whaaaat?” I felt like I was supposed to feel that way, like I needed to be like “Dang.
That’s a great sentiment. I think we all need to feel a little bit more emotionally connected to others. We need to have a little sympathy for people we see that way. We all need that empathy. Even if we can’t empathize with what someone is feeling, we shouldn’t deny our own feelings by being judgmental about them.
I’m sure you can all relate to this one. I feel like the idea of being “empathetic” is a bit of a misnomer. Empathy is a bit like religion. People can’t seem to understand how to be kind, helpful, and understanding. They just can’t seem to understand that they should be sympathetic to someone else’s situation. Well, at least they can’t seem to understand that they should be sympathetic to themselves.
The idea that people are feeling a particular emotion is a good one. But we shouldn’t use it as a blanket excuse to not be empathetic, for example when I feel depressed, I tell myself I’m ok. But I don’t feel ok. I feel depressed. But I don’t feel ok.
The fact is that feeling a particular emotion is a universal phenomenon, and you can use it as a blanket excuse to not be empathetic. But that is not the same as feeling that you’re ok with yourself, which is what you’ve been doing in the past. You’re not making yourself feel good. You’re making yourself feel bad. So you shouldn’t use it as a blanket excuse to not be empathetic when you yourself feel depressed.