You Are an Original

January 7, 2012

in the generous life

I have a handful of friends who are overwhelmed by New Year resolutions because they compare themselves to others and allow those comparisons to shape their goals.

You were born an original.  Don’t die a copy.   John Mason

I think it’s perfectly fine to learn from others’ examples, but you have to be sane about your goals.  You’re not going to be like other people, and I don’t think God wants you to be.  You are unique and you have a unique journey.  Whether you are talking about personal goals or goals that you shape with your husband for your marriage, start with who and where you are and make baby steps toward where you want to go (you don’t have to copy John and Susan’s date night or arrange your time or your living room the way that Sarah does).

I think it would be a tragedy to near life’s end and realize that you have not lived your life, but attempted to live someone else’s.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.   e.e. cummings

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Lovely “words of affirmation” idea ~ The Letter Box  (from We Are THAT Family)


Mark your calendars ~ Return of the 10 Day Challenge ~ “One month from today, February 5th through the 14th we will challenge all of you to grow your marriage and join us in the 2012 One Flesh Marriage 10 Day Challenge!”


Be generous! Lori <><

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Karyl January 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

No matter how many times you hear this kind of message, it’s never enough. I think it’s because we forget. Popular culture doesn’t help. Size 2 models, plastic surgery, our competitive world can all leave us feeling less than worthy. But you are right, God made us the way we were supposed to be. Why mess with God! Thanks. Love it!


Kate January 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Lori, this is an amazing post! I resonate with all that you have said and try very hard to live my life this way! I think that many wives get caught up in this mentality and I know that I spent to many of my early married years caught up in being swayed by others! Thank you for sharing this. It is a heart felt message! :) Kate


The Generous Wife January 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

This is why I love New Year resolutions. They keep me on track. At least once a year I’m reminded to live my own life.


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