I have curly hair. It is one of my favorite things about myself. Call it silly. Call it shallow. It is something I really like. Its blonde, curly, and there is a lot of it. It is very common for me when I am out, for a stranger to stop and compliment my hair. And then most times followed up with, “Oh, you must hate having curly hair, don’t you?” I calm their worry and reassure them I don’t have conflicted feelings about the curly explosion on top of my head.
This weekend I got thinking about this common question. Regardless of the times ladies in grocery stores, public bathrooms, check-out lines, and restaurants stop me, it never phases me or changes how I feel about it. But if had people coming up to me asking me if I like my shoe size all the time and if I hated it, I would probably come to be self conscious about the size of my feet though there is nothing I can do to change it. Or about my height, being a middle child, being left handed, etc. Why do I not care about what people say about my hair? Or what they think I think about my hair? It is because I own it. I own my hair. It is how my hair grows, and I love it regardless. Please don’t get thinking I am that confident with everything about myself. Ha. I have my own struggles, as you would see from the occasional pile of tried on outfits in the mornings. If we would just “own” who we are right now, we would be much less concerned about what others think, or what we think other people think, and we would be happier with ourselves. Pick one thing about yourself that you will own, and just love it.
Elder Glenn Pace of the Seventy said, “Too often we wallow in our weaknesses so much that we do not allow ‘weak things’ to ‘become strong.’ . . . Let us be confident in the knowledge that ‘the worth of souls is great in the sight of God’ and that with the Lord’s help, we can accomplish far more than we could ever do on our own.” Confidence and Self-worth. Ensign 2005.
President Gordon B. Hinckley’s personal philosophy was, “I believe in myself. I do not mean to say this with egotism. But I believe in my capacity and in your capacity to do good, to make some contribution to the society of which we are a part, [and] to grow and develop. . . . I believe in the principle that I can make a difference in this world, be it ever so small.” (President Hinckley Shares Ten Beliefs with Chamber, Church News, Jan. 31, 1998, 4.) So believe in yourself. Own who you are. Remember whose you are and by doing so you can make a difference.
Posted by Ashley Johnson, Blossom’s Happiness Enthusiast