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Do You Value Yourself - What do you Think of You

Published on 6/22/2018
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"A woman, renewing her driver's licence , was asked by the woman at Registry to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

'What I mean is, ' explained the woman at Registry, 'do you have a job or are you just a ...?'

'Of course I have a job,' snapped the woman. 'I'm a Mum.'

'We don't list 'Mum' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it,' Said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself
in the same situation.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,
efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
'Official Interrogator' or 'City Registrar.'

'What is your occupation?' she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know. The words simply popped out.
'I'm a *Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.'*

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest, 'just what you do in your field?'

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply,
*'I have a continuing program of research*, (what mother doesn't)

*In the laboratory and in the field,*
(normally I would have said indoors and out).
*I'm working for my Masters*, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
*and already have four credits* (all daughters).
*Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,*
(any mother care to disagree?)
*and I often work 14 hours a day,* (24 is more like it).
*But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.'*

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,

*I was greeted by my lab assistants* -- ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our *new experimental model,*
(a 6 month old baby) *in the child development program*, testing out a new vocal pattern (crying).

I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mum.'


You have a skill, do you even know what that is? Daily you work at something and think of it as nothing or place no value on whatever you do, and in so doing you belittle and sabotage yourself.

I love quiet moments because they give you a chance to reflect...who you are, what you are capable of, how you can use your God-given talent and share with the world. Daily we achieve things without self-acknowledgement. We take ourselves for granted and wonder why others do the same to us. 

Learn to know and value yourself, and to thine own self be true. Spend some quality time with you.

Self value includes self care and is dependent on how you allow others to treat you. When you value something It goes beyond what you deem as important, it means appreciating the qualities, while investing time , effort, and energy. You make sacrifices in nurturing and ensure that it is well looked after and maintained in good condition.

So again I ask: Do you value yourself and what do you think of you?

Here are 10 Tips to value you

  • Know yourself, who you truly are
  • Understand what makes you feel great!
  • Recognize things that get you down and fix it by your mental attitude
  • Set goals to achieve what you desire
  • Trust you. Don't rely on others to make you feel good but learn to appreciate it when it happens
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help
  • Stand up for your beliefs and values. Find your inner strengths
  • Help someone else
  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Take good care of you and be grateful

Listen to that inner voice and create your value from within. "you cannot fail at being youself." Let your value be your partner, your guiding light  that stands by you knowing who you really are.


Cosmos Parris

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