One day a king came out to his garden and saw withering and dying trees, bushes and flowers. An oak tree said that he’s dying because it can’t be as high as a pine tree. Relating to a pine tree, the king found her falling down because she can’t give grapes like a grapevine. And the grapevine was dying because it couldn’t blossom like a rose. Soon he found a single plant with beautiful flowers; pleasing heart, bloomy and fresh. The king asked, “All the trees and flowers here are withering, and you are flourishing. Why?” The plant replied, “I think it comes naturally. I believe that when you planted me, you wanted to get a joy. If you would like to grow an oak, grapes or rose, you would plant them. So I think that I can’t be anything else than what I am, and I stick to developing my best qualities.”

The most beautiful thing about you is the fact that you are YOU.  There are so many people, things and concepts in society that will try to shape you into something that you are not.  It is so easy to get distracted by outside sources.  As soon as you start focusing on what others have and who others are, you’ll start to lose sight of who you are.  I’m guilty of it too.  But I am here to remind you to be true to yourself and be true to who you are because you are enough.  Who you are is where your gift lies, and when you’re being your unique authentic self, people can relate to you.  When you accept who you are, you can allow yourself to joy and blossom, or you can go with who society tells you to be and wither.

We must realize that when we’re sharing that unique gift of our true selves, there will be a lot of people that don’t like it or don’t agree with it.  When you put yourself out there, you will be judged regardless of how good or bad you are.  Every time I hit post on a blog, I’m opening myself up to be judged by the world.  But I am constantly reminding myself…

You can’t please everyone, and the first step to being unhappy is trying to please the world. 

Take a look at where you are right now in your life. Are you being true to yourself? In that career? In that relationship? In the major that you chose in school? Are you doing it because it’s who you are and it’s what you want? Or are you listening to what outside sources are telling you to do in order to please others?  Don’t stay in it for us.  Don’t stay in it to please society. Public perception isn’t worth losing yourself over. Your future is in good hands.  Yes there will be doubters and nay-sayers, but when you are true to yourself, the right people will love and support you, and everybody else will just have to deal with your greatness. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Blessings and love,

Marti Reed

Marti Reed