By Liz Lampkin
Life is a journey and with each experience there are lessons that can–or should–make us better.
The life lessons that have shaped me most have come from women, and my conversations and observations of them. Here are a few life lessons that I’d like to share with you.
Lesson 1. Be yourself. I learned this lesson by observing how some women would imitate other women and in the process, lose themselves completely. I can only be who my Creator designed me to be, and I work hard to be the best.
Lesson 2. Be secure. Being secure in everything about you means being secure in your strengths, looks, intelligence, capabilities and even being secure about your insecurities. So many of us are only secure in certain aspects of our lives and that can make us susceptible to transforming into someone we are not. Being secure in everything you are and everything you’re not empowers you to stand firm about your beliefs and builds self-confidence.
Lesson 3. Don’t envy your Sister’s pearls. Many times we see a woman with her beautiful home, husband, children, booming career, bad shoes, and so on and we are in awe of her. And we celebrate her but sometimes secretly envy her because we want the same things…but why? Don’t envy what another woman has because you don’t know her story behind the scenes.
Every woman has her own story of glory, focus on your own.
Lesson 4. Never compare yourself to another woman. Comparing myself to another woman is not only a waste of energy, but it’s a waste of time. There is a line in the poem Desiderata: “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.” In other words, there’s no need for comparisons because we’re all fabulous.
Lesson 5. Never argue or fight over a man–especially a man who is not your husband. No man is worthy of a battle; besides, the man will be with whomever he chooses. Focus on that man who will choose you and not put you in that uncomfortable situation.
Lesson 6. Make time for yourself! As woman we play so many roles, and we are so busy tending to others’ needs that we often forget about ourselves. Taking and making time for me rejuvenates and restores me; if I don’t do this, I won’t have anything to give.
As I continue to grow I pray that I am teaching and inspiring other women along this journey we call life.
Your turn; what lessons have other women taught you?
Liz Lampkin is a woman of God, Educator, Speaker, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Friend, and Encourager living in purpose on purpose. Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin
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