Through the lens


Have you ever thought about the different roles we play in other people’s stories?

Ask some and they will say we’re a mean, impatient kind of person. While others may think we are a hero, kind, unselfish and giving.

Some people see a bright personality, others, a showoff. Some see a leader, a person who gets things done and others see someone who’s bossy and controlling. Some people feel safe to be around you and enjoy your energy. While others are intimidated and insecure. Some people may think you’re rude and opinionated, but others appreciate the way you stand up for yourself and others and what you believe.

We’ve all been there. We’ve been portrayed as certain types of characters. But have you ever thought that, in reality, none of it has anything to do with who you really are. The way that others view us is often tainted by their upbringing, beliefs, and individual experiences.

Remember, no matter how others see you, whatever their opinions or views of you, whatever lens they look through to see you, is not a true representation of who you are. And their opinion of you does not define who you truly are.

So, be exactly who you are. As Dr. Seuss so beautifully put it , “…because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.”

© c. michelle bryant griffin

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