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You Are Better Than What You Think

You Are Better Than What You Think

Yes it’s true – You are better than what you think!!!
Most of us spend our lives being told that we are
not enough, don’t know enough, don’t care enough,
and on and on the “not enough” list can go.

Here’s some very important news for you:
“You are better than what you think.”
You have ideas that no one else has.
You have gifts for a reason – they are for you.
Use them.

You and I have agreed to the illusion that we
must do things a certain way in order to fit
in, belong and be accepted. Yet, those that we
enjoy hearing about and being with the most
are all people who have not let the illusions of
society lock them into mediocrity.

You are light – shine it. Stand out. Reach out.
Be as different and unique as you want to be.
I see it so easily in my three children. Each one is
very different. They like completely different things,
yet they spend hours creating and inventing – we call
it play.
Do you remember how to play? Most of us don’t.
I didn’t. My days were filled with an endless to-do-list
that just seemed to get longer and longer each day no
matter how any hours I put into completing it.
Working 12 – 15 hour days was normal for me. Sound familiar?
I’m sure many of you are the same. Why? Are we afraid that if
we don’t do it what then? Is it because you feel you have responsibilities?
Do you feel that you have no other choice?
What if you really are better than what you think?
That would mean that you could never fail – as long as you
just get started. If that were your daily reality, then what
would you be doing?

For most of us, answering this question is extremely difficult
because we have spent most of our lives doing things or being
something that we are not. Know this “You are so much better
than what you think.”

I want to create a community where you are empowered
to live and create your life without the limitations and illusions
that we have agreed to accept:
Here’s some illusions to question:
You need to work from 9-5
There is no time to play
I’m too busy
He/She can write, speak, dance, cook, laugh, etc better than me
It’s important that my parent/spouse/boss approve of me
This list can go on and on. There are more illusions that we
live by than the truth.
Here’s my challenge to you:
Spend one day away from tv, media, the internet, the telephone,
or an other means of distraction and just play. What do you do?
What illusions can you see that you have been living by?
Please enter them in the comments area below as
by doing so you assist everyone in this community
all over the world.

Here were some of mine:
I am responsible for all those who I assist all over the world
I need to be liked and accepted by my family
There is more I need t know before I can really help…
What are yours?

  • Debra July 9, 2010, 10:46 AM

    I’m not smart enough or good enough.
    I don’t fit in.
    I have nothing to say.
    I’m not interesting enough.

  • Susan Myers July 9, 2010, 11:21 AM

    -I need to do things for other people or they won’t like me.
    -I need to put myself and my needs on the back burner because I am not important or valuable.
    – I am a great listener but people don’t want to listen to me in return.
    – I have crazy ideas because I no not feel the need to conform to the media’s idea of what we should look like, or wear, or do or think. I am not the color of my hair or the number on a scale or the clothes I wear.
    – If I were a better person people would treat me better.

  • Sonia July 9, 2010, 11:35 AM

    I prefer to say chose to live by:
    -as a mom i am responsible for my daughter’s safety
    – as a mom i am to sacrifice my wants for when she’s older- ie put my life on hold i don’t matter
    -not enough money and no one to help me with my daughter when i am following my dreams
    and as of now do follow only my guidance and i have had many amazingly joyful experiences to know that these are just illusions, a truth not THE truth.
    Thanks Antonia, for shining your light in blazing the trail afore me to see this!oxoxxoxo Sonia

  • Helen July 9, 2010, 2:50 PM

    It turns out we may be exactly as we think. That would mean the journey is to think a new way. To journey to that divine and perfect centre we see in infant’s faces. We were all divine innocence and grace once. We are returning one by one to that same self-kindness. Thank you Antonia for this reminder. I’m one of those you’ve helped. You’re gentle, loving nature, healing heart and hands, beautiful mothering to your gorgeous children. All examples to me of magnificence at work in the world. I am so grateful for you and this message I needed to hear/read today. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Brenda Walker July 9, 2010, 4:23 PM

    Antonia – Thank you for the experiment. I am more than I have been told. At work, my ideas are often rejected. Later I learn that I was right on – just too far ahead of the pack or too far outside of the cereal box for my co-workers. I have just returned from a week long reunion with my Mother’s side of the family. What a great experience. We shared, we laughed, and we cried. At some point on the way there (it was an 8 hour drive that took 12 hours by choice) I decided I would carry myself like a 112 pound person (on the scales I weigh a bit more ha ha). I actually looked better in the pictures, felt better and moved around like someone much younger and you know what? The scales say I am getting lighter. My cousins really enjoyed my 112 pound attitude – it is an infectious idea…

  • kerry July 9, 2010, 4:47 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing these words on not being enough. I am a mother of two and am in the process of reinventing myself. As I begin to step into my full power of who I am and what I have to offer others in the world, my inner critic tells me more often than I’d like that “He/She knows so much more than you”, “You need more training before you can fully practice that…” or just plain “you’re not good enough yet”. And these beliefs are simply not true. We ARE better than we think. Thank you again for this reminder. It’s exactly what I needed to hear today!

  • Catherine July 9, 2010, 6:45 PM

    Thank you for sharing and allowing us to share. You are so right in what you say. I am in a huge transition right now and I am reinventing myself at the age of 59. I retired early from a well paid, stressful, demanding and often misunderstood teaching job. I was tired of having to evaluate children and doing what I could, but it not being enough. I also grew tired of younger teachers feeling that people who have taught for a long time are “not with it”. If there ever was a misunderstood job it is teaching in a public school! I worked from 7:00am-9:00PM many days and was always thinking of ways for my students to learn. I really didn’t have time to think about myself, and to imagine and create my own reality.
    It is true, we all come from one source and we all need to really feel respect for every human being, not based on their wealth, beauty, prestige, notority or age etc.
    Have a great weekend!

  • hesbon kerongo July 10, 2010, 9:26 AM

    Wonderful! this a great article “You are better than what you think!!!” It really speaks to me and the flow of words is great. You have touched me. Thanks a lot

  • Shar July 10, 2010, 10:47 AM

    BEAUTIFULLY said Antonia, THANK YOU for all your AMAAZING heartfelt shares, dear one! Also Susan & Helen, wonderful shares, here are some of the illusions that came up for me:

    -I am not worthy of abundance, and feel guilty that I have it (through much hard work)
    -I am responsible for other people’s happiness
    -I need to do things for others so they will like me
    -I need to be doing something to be “productive” and worthy
    -being a good person means always giving to others (but not to myself)
    -I am not good enough as I am

    Whew, feels wonderful to share – MUCH BLESSINGS & LOVE dear ones! xo

  • Jeffrey July 12, 2010, 10:55 AM

    Great posting, it’s all about thoughts! a\Another piece to the puzzle of life, thanks for sharing
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  • Victor July 14, 2010, 4:29 PM

    magnificent and very wise statement. just reading and repeating the statement invokes a great energy and belief in oneself.

    I don’t fit in.
    I’m unattractive, if i dont look like …
    I am only accepted by my peers when I….
    (the last 2 really applies to many situations)