Recently, I pondered this phenomenon and realized something pretty profound: What others think of me doesn't matter.
Now, some of you are probably hitting your forehead and saying, "Well duh!" For those of you who already received this epiphany, there is no need for you to continue reading. Feel free to move along. But for those of you who are new to this way of thinking, as am I, read on and I will explain what I have learned.
1. Tomorrow comes
No matter what people think, the sun is still going to rise every morning and set every night. This comes as no surprise, but what it means is essential to your happiness: No matter how terrible your day is, the sun will come out tomorrow and you will have a fresh day with no mistakes in it yet.
Find joy in the sunshine and forget about the darkness spread by unhappy people.
2. Haters gonna hate
No matter how kind you are, it is impossible to please everyone, so stop trying.
Yes, be kind, but don't worry if your kindness is not returned. No matter what you do, some people just won't like you. Learn to be okay with that.
3. All people deserve kindness
Do your best to be kind to everyone, especially to the mean ones. Sometimes, it's hard to be nice to mean people, but do it anyway. You never know why they are the way they are.
You can't be held responsible for their actions; however, you can be responsible for your own actions. No matter how hard it is or how mean they are to you, be kind to them anyway. It is what Jesus would do.
4. You are worthy of love
Learn to love yourself. This is crucial because, on those days when it seems no one is on your side, if you love yourself, their negativity won't bring you down to a bad place.
All too often, we let others determine our worth and we feel that because they can't see the good, it must not be there. Wrong!
Your value and worth is not contingent upon anyone else's opinion of you. God loves you and holds you in the highest regard. Let that be enough for you to love yourself.
5. Service is what matters
When you forget your own problems and focus on the needs of others, you learn what people think of you doesn't matter because joy and life-value come from serving others.
It feels good to be needed; and, when you devote your time to others, their gratitude gives you a big boost of confidence in who you are and the goodness you share.
6. You are always you
No matter what people say, you are still the same you. If people share a negative opinion of you, don't let it get you down.
Remember opinions are just that - opinions - and are generally not based on fact. The people who love you know the person you are and won't be swayed by the opinions of others. Other people's words cannot change who you are, unless you let them.
If you can show grace under pressure, you will come out on top. Smiling is a sign of strong character. When others see you taking the high road, they will forget the rumors being spread.
8. All our children of God
Remember who you are. Because we are children of God, we are entitled to His help. God loves us and wants what's best for us. He wants what is best for all His children.
As I remember this, I find I can pray for those who are unkind to me. I ask God to help them feel loved and to bless them with a happy heart. What other people think is of no consequence to those who radiate love and remember who all people are.
At the end of the day, I have learned it is not what others think of me but what I believe about myself that determines who I am. The greatest thing we can do for ourselves is to let go of the negative beliefs of others and to stand tall knowing who we are.