The good news is that I no longer need or have to be held hostage by the bully. I no longer need to believe that I deserve to be bullied. I no longer need to internalize the lie that I am not enough and that I do not do enough. I no longer need to live in denial or defend other people’s denial. I no longer need or have to discard parts of myself. I no longer need to stoop to the vicarious demands of other peoples expectations. I no longer need to carry other people’s shame or sadness. I no longer need to be bullied by a fear of abandonment.
I no longer need to sit and be minimized, marginalized or discounted by the bully.
By accepting that I am a work in progress — not a work in perfection — I have changed the way that I look at my process. Consequently, I have had a change of perspective. I now look at myself and my experience in a different way. I now realize that I no longer have to answer, defend, justify or explain myself to the bully. I now realize that I no longer have to be accountable to the bully. With my change of perspective — I now realize that my circumstances and experiences are meant to build me up, not to be used to devalue and shame me.
I now realize — as Eleanor Roosevelt poignantly stated — that no one can make me feel inferior with out my consent.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
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