Day 25: You Can Only Control Your Reaction

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote relates to my discussion of Day 24’s post that people will only treat you the way you allow yourself to be treated.  Today’s quote speaks to giving away that personal power as well.  The only way that you can feel inferior to another person is if you agree to it.

I think it goes back to how we react to these things in our life.  For example, I won’t allow another to treat me as less than I am.  I won’t submit to being inferior, but the only way that I achieve this is to control my reaction to another person’s condescension.  The primary item I never agree with is that the other person is better than me.  Of course, some of their skills and talents may be more advanced than mine, but I can assure you, that I am stronger in areas where they might be weak.

This levels the playing field so to speak.  It certainly doesn’t give my personal power away.  It certainly doesn’t mean that I agree that I am less of a person.  I’m just different.  And that is completely okay.  Whatever you do in life, control your reactions to those around you, and never silently agree that you are inferior to another.

You have value.  You are important.  You are unique.

If someone else doesn’t see it, then they are probably not the kind of person you need in your life.

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