Can you relate to any of these situations?
Have you ever noticed a social media “friend” unfollowing you? That mini mental spiral of anger and self-questioning, replaying what could have possibly gone wrong?
Or when a friend goes out with someone else and you were never invited? That tinge of jealousy, wondering why you weren’t included.
What about when someone promises to call or text back, but they never do? The feeling of upset, labeling them as flaky, and replaying past interactions, asking yourself, “What could I have possibly done?”
Here’s another one – in a romantic relationship, when your partner shares their feelings and desires, do you immediately feel attacked? Maybe you think, “What am I doing wrong now?” or doubt if you’re good enough for them.
And when someone talks about all the incredible things happening in their life, do you wonder, “Why is it so easy for them?” or “What’s wrong with me that I can’t have those things too?”
These are just a few of my own experiences, but I’m sure there are a million more examples.
Today, let’s explore a topic that resonates with many of us – the art of not taking everything personally. I’ve taken things personally for as long as I can remember, until now. I find myself at a pivotal moment in life, finally understanding my worth and shifting out of this pattern. It feels like a brand new me.
If you’ve also noticed that you tend to take things personally but don’t know how to heal this, then let’s embark on this journey together.
We have to start by understanding the root of it all. We take things personally when we feel unworthy, unlovable, undeserving, or disconnected from our true nature. Let’s break this down a little more:
Low Self-Esteem and Self-Worth:
Perfectionism and Fear of Failure:
Sensitive Nature or Empathy:
Past Trauma or Abuse:
Lack of Healthy Boundaries:
Unresolved Emotional Baggage:
So, let’s paint a picture here – you trip and fall, leaving a deep cut/wound on your leg. Every time you see someone else’s legs, you compare yours to theirs and notice they don’t have the same wound. Instead of taking time to see a specialist to help clean and stitch it up, give your leg some love and care, you judge yourself, asking, “What is wrong with me?” Letting the wound continue to hang open, become infected, preventing you from walking, connecting with people, doing fun activities you love, living in your joy.
“But Nas, how do we start to heal this Unworthiness wound?”
Let’s start with the first step together. Grab a pen and paper or open the notes section on your device.
Becoming aware of your feelings without attaching your identity to them:
Debbie Ford wisely said, “It’s important to understand that you resist your feelings only when you take them personally or when you believe that experiencing certain feelings means something about who you are–about your character, your value, or your acceptability to others. You withhold and suppress your emotions when you believe that expressing your feelings might actually jeopardize your place of belonging in the world. If you feel angry, you might tell yourself that something is wrong with you or that you are mean. If you feel scared, you may interpret it as evidence that you are unlovable, incompetent, unworthy, or incapable of taking care of yourself. It’s your interpretations of your emotions – not the emotions themselves – that you resist the most.”
As we continue to embark on this journey of embracing our worthiness and letting go of taking things personally, remember that you are not alone. We are all works in progress, learning and growing together.
Be gentle with yourself. Celebrate your victories, no matter how small, and acknowledge your courage in facing these deep rooted beliefs. You are deserving of love, acceptance, and all the wonderful things life has to offer.
May you find strength in vulnerability, and may your heart be filled with compassion, both for yourself and for others. Together, we can create a space of understanding and kindness, where we lift each other up.
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With love and gratitude,