You Are . . .
Yesterday I met with a new friend. At one point in the conversation, we were talking about that one “wicked sentence.” It’s the sentence that people say about us — an observation that is so off the mark — but it’s one that a whole group believes is true.
For years mine was, “You think you’re always right.”
My answer, “No, I know what’s right for me.”
Hers was, “You’re a phony.”
Her answer, “No, I’m sorry that you feel that way.”
I mentioned a friend who often heard, “You are manipulative.”
I said, “She isn’t at all. She cares about people. She never makes choices for them. She only offers to pass on information they might need. She won’t even gossip.”
My new friend told me, “My daughter came home from school at 5 years old asking whether she’s fat.”
She said, “She’s not, and I told her. I said, ‘You’re beautiful,’ but I knew my daughter would have to get to believing that from inside herself.”
Everyone seems to have at least one “wicked sentence” that people try to hang on them. Mine finally fell off my radar a few years ago. It faded when I learned to show up with more than just my thinking. When I put my heart in it my thoughts, people heard who I am.
That one “wicked sentence” doesn’t stand a chance against a whole person.
What wixked sentence is/was yours? How do/did you answer it?
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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