Inspiration Report

Inspiration Report


Be Yourself

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s the simplest advice, isn’t it? We were born with the ability to do it. Be ourselves; think, behave and interact with others from our true nature. Sounds easy enough.

So, where did we go wrong?

I suppose it’s about the time when we started noticing that other people had opinions and then those opinions started to matter… a lot. For me, it was middle school. When the popular girls didn’t understand why I didn’t talk like them and dress like them, suddenly I was on the outside of what felt like the world.

Of course, now as an adult, I realize I was only ostracized from a small group of pre-teens whom I would never see again after high school. Yet, at the time, their narrow-minded judgments meant the world to me. I wanted to be different than who I was.

It would take years to realize that me and the thousand little things that comprise who I am are perfect just the way they are… no matter who does or does not appreciate them.


“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” Tina Fey, Bossypants

How much or how little people like or understand you is irrelevant to who you are. When you embrace yourself just as you are and live true to your own nature, you discover what it means to be free of someone else’s stamp of approval.

And better yet, when people love you (and the life will always bring you people who do), you know they’re loving you for you, not for someone you pretend to be. Those who reject you, well, shake them off and keep right on going. They just instantly became an outsider looking in on you being fabulously you and living your life.

So remember: Be yourself. You’ll attract the ones who get it. Everyone else is just a spectator.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Melanie

    Remember “Those that matter do not judge and those that judge do not matter”.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Wyn

    OMG!
    I love this piece so much. I was so lost in d wonder of worries when I saw the Red light on me BB flashed.I opened the Msg tab and I saw this. I care so much about people’s opinion. I let them into by life by considering their opinion about my personality and general lifestyle. Wow, this has taught me to care about how I feel right about anything for me before thinking about others opinion. I feel blessed. I’m done with pleasing people b4 myself

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Audrey

    Your article summed it all up, “Be true to yourself” be who you are.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Linda

    Seems wherever I go people only notice you or acknowledge you when your trying to be some one else. I like who I am. I am a child of God. And I feel these feelings alot around many people. Snobby looks, what ever? They think of me. I know who I am. I’m Loved by Almighty God. Yes I’ve often felt unappreciated by the looks people give my way. So in all Thanks for the article of be true to yourself I am Linda and I like me.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cora

    I have always been this way and when people say they don’t like me…..I tell them it sounds like a personal problem and I don’t care because I Love myself. Then soon the tables turn for them and in the end they want to be my friend. I AM STRONG!!! I AM WOMAN!!! I AM ALL ME!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Diane

    Thank you for the article.It’s very true to be yourself and be the person God created you to be.True and genuine friends are from God,approval and acceptance are from God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Minister Sharon E. Richards

    Thanks for the inspiration, I’ve been truly blessed by every thing, which was mentioned in the dialogue concerning, being true to oneself. People for years have been trying hard to get me to be the way they want, and who they think I should be. But I’m so glad I know the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, Jesus Christ God’s Only Begotten Son. I’ve been born again, since the youthful age of (15) and have never fell out of love with the Lord, but it has gotten better and keeps getting better through every passing day. I am confident in who I am, and not that horrid picture, who people try to paint me as, and I know that I’m no surprise to the Lord, because as in the Book of Psalms, it distinctively lets me know I’m fearfully and wonderfully made, and frankly people who think I’m a showoff, I guess, I would say, they are right, and the reason to my being a show off, I would tell them is because, of whos I am. Now, wouldn’t you say that’s enough to show off about? There’s no one, who can do me like Jesus, as the song writer says. No one. Everyone else fails, but Jesus never fails Amen!!! I only brag, and boost in Him, who’s able to keep me from falling and to present me blameless before the Father. Now, I’m not saying I never fail, because I would be a lyer then, but God who’s more than able, to present me spotless, blameless, and sinless as I repent of sins, and present my body a living sacrefice Holy, and acceptable unto God which is my reasonable servive as Romans, 12:1 says. This, is simply how possible it becomes of me to be a showoff. So, people and children of God keep bragging, keep boasting, in Jesus, because above all others He’s YOUR JEHOVAH JIREH, (PROVIDER)JEHOVAH SHALOME (GOD OF PEACE) JEHOVAH NISSI (OUR HEALER) EMMANUEL (GOD WITH US).Always remember there’s none like Our Father In Heaven. let me remind you even satan Trembles at the Son of God, and will bow the knees one day and proclaim Him, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords amen!!!!!

  • http://Knowingwhocreatedyoy Rosaland

    I went through most my life with a low self esteem.I so worrie about what people thought of me, but i do not care any more. One day i saw a picture of myself and i realize that i was not ugly. I also realized that everything God creted was good. He created us in his own image, and that makes me spcial and beauiful and uniquely made. Not only that we are more than conqure through Chrit Jesus.

  • http://aol.com Lee Ferreira

    Be true to myself and be who I am. I am learning it the hard way, but if I don’t love myself and who I am no one will.. and Melanie, You took the words right out of my mouth.. Lord please help me to accept the things I can not change. I have never had a problem with who I am until recently and now the people who mean the most in my life, tell me I need to change. Why?? Where did I go wrong?? Somehow I don’t think it is me.. Thank You for this message. It made me feel a skittle better… Just a skittle…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Junior

    I’ve come to believe to an authentic lover of others, you can only love others as much as you love yourself……..including God Himself. God is a God of love and Jesus brought this message of love to us. Jesus says to “love God, love your neighbor, and love yourself”. Well, when I come to a realization that I really didn’t love myself, I knew God and I had some serious inner work to do. First of all, for my own spiritual growth, I had to rearrange this scripture verse to coincide with my own truth. I “love God, love myself, THEN my neighbor. That spiritual exercise began some 10 years ago. It’s only been in the past several years that I’ve been able to “slowly” put the scripture verse back in its original concept. I am more of an authentic lover of others now that I’ve become an authentic lover of myself. I truly am thankful to my Father having the patience of love with me as I am thankful to me and for me in allowing myself to have loving patience with myself. In a very special way, I appreciate this article very very much. God bless you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Roberta

    I love that. I used to worry alot of what people thought of me, and still do a little. This is exactly what I needed in my life. Thank you

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sereya

    Thankyou for the besautiful comments and reminder.That I am who I am and thats what I should be striving to live up to others peoples opinion of me has been so strenious not only among friends and aquintances but also in my immedaite family whom I thought knew me so well, only to find out though we grew up together, we all went to different schools, made friends along the way, travelled the world met people of other cultures who influenced our ways of thinking, handling situations etc.
    As a result my way of thinking will always be critizised, beacause they don not understand me or speak my “language”,so I just go on with my life I do not try to change or convince anyone i fits going to result into an argument ” we agree to disagree and still remain friends” with respect for one another, some say am a snob thats their opinion I can live with it so long as it doesn´t interfere with me my life.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Karen

    “To thy own self be true”

    I read recently, “You can be liked for who you are not, to fit in… or disliked for who you truly are”. Allowing others to have that much power over you by what they think you should be is toxic!
    Especially if you choose follow the pack…. you only end up stepping in what they leave behind….. ugg !
    Take the chance to take the lead .
    We all have a resposiblity to be accountable for our choices.
    Who’s to say which road is yours, but you.

  • http://GodisGodandweshouldacceptit. sorowen

    when ilook at my self and imagin where did God start from in creating me? so i believe that we should learn how to love ourselves and adjust to the way others live with us. bse we can not change anything that God wants it to be done and what he has already made it exist.we should not look at God like we are looking at human but let us see his creation and declear him powerful.nothing much to say but i give him glory and honor.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Yolanda

    I love the fact that I know that God Love Me and all is well that is what really matters I smile all the time and people say to me why are you so happy things happen in life but that has not stopped me my grandmother told me to laugh everyday and let your smile be your umbrella God is covering me.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment TERESA PRICE

    THIS IS SO TRUE SOME PEOPLE LOVE YOU AS YOU ARE. BUT SOME WILL SAY I LOVE YOU BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE . BUT THEN PEOPLE ACT LIKE IT JUST TO GET SOMETHING FROM YOU.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Meg

    I really liked this article. I was the same age as the author when I started having problems with self esteem. Problem is, 20 years later I still have the same problem. It’s hard to be yourself and love yourself when you’re criticized and hurt (and sometimes abandoned) by the people closest to you that are supposed to love you the most, on a regular basis. Especially when it’s sometimes about stuff you feel you can’t control (being a chatterbox, etc.). Some of these people are Christian, too… Hopefully one day I’ll learn to love myself…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment geanny

    i really like this story. it is so true. i know because i always let what other people thought or said influence me instead of just being happy with who i am. im 46 yearss old now and i know that i am a beautiful person. i am so happy just being who God intended me to be.

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