Perseverance or sheer stubbornness?

It’s the Christmas holidays and I’m spending the holdidays just like I have most of the past 6 months, fighting to breathe and survive allergic reactions.

I’m not sure at this point if I’ve survived the past 6 months due to perseverance or sheer stubborness.

Regardless of which it is, I’m still here and fighting.

Some days it’s hard to remember why.

When you’ve spent the majority of your life believing that your self-worth is all about how you take care of, and support, others or what you contribute to society and almost overnight you’re limited to fighting to simply take care of yourself, and housebound, it’s hard to find value in yourself.

It is at these times that I’ve had to work especially hard on my self-help skills. One of the websites that I like a lot, and that has helped me in these times is the Positivity Blog.

One of my favourite Blog posts is simply a collection of quotes about self-esteem and self-love.

As part of my Christmas traditions I watched ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘ this week. I love the point that the movie makes about how we all have an impact on others, whether we see it or not at the time.

However, where I struggle with the movie is that while it makes clear what impact George has on all the people in his life his value is recognized in the same way. That is, that Clarence makes him see that his life has value because of how he has impacted others not because he has value in and of himself.

I’m not quite sure how you’d change the movie to help George recognize his self-value intrinsically but it’s a thought worth pursuing.

In the meantime I’m focusing on the last quote identified on the Positivity Blog:

“It is never too late
to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

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