Am I Enough?

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A Facebook friend recently posed a question about why it’s so hard for us to choose to believe we are enough. At first, all I could think was, “That’s just the way we are as humans.” But as I thought more about it, I realized there was more to it than that. Others responded in a myriad of ways, but for me it has to do with the way other people have treated me.

It’s hard to feel like you’re good enough when so many other people treat you like you’re not. It’s hard to feel that you have worth when so many other people tell you that you don’t.

In the last year and a half I’ve been told multiple times by family members that I’m a horrible, awful, evil person, that I’m a bad mother, that I’m going to hell, that I’m completely incompetent and that I’m wrong. Then there are the men that have been in my life since I got divorced. Every man I’ve dated, liked or been interested in has used me, lied to me, betrayed me, manipulated me, made me feel as though they liked me, cared about me, even loved me, and then rejected me because I wasn’t good enough, perfect enough—I just wasn’t enough.

Now, I know God loves me and cares about me. I know I am of great worth to Him because I am His child. I know I’m of worth to my friends, and I can even confidently say that I’ve made a difference to some of them the way they have made a difference to me. But does that mean I’m enough—in everything? How can I not feel worthless in some way when my own parents and some of my siblings—the people who were supposed to love me the most—hated me so much and felt such a strong need to tell me how bad and wrong I was? How can I not feel that there’s something wrong with me when people who act as if they care about me always end up rejecting me? If it happens over and over again that must mean there has to be something wrong with me, right?

It’s hard not to have those feelings and thoughts. It’s nearly impossible to not lose hope. I have lost hope. And I don’t know how to get it back, or if I even want to. Is it better to live hopeless or to constantly have your hope crushed? I still don’t know.

2 thoughts on “Am I Enough?

  1. I can relate to your feelings SO MUCH. They looked like my own past journal entries.
    It takes time, but I’ve come to realize that that means there is something wrong with THEM, not me (and not you). Would I say any of those kinds of words or act any of those kinds of ways to another human being when I am in my right mind and heart? No! People who say those things and do those things are not truly coming from a place of real compassion, and so are not coming from a place of truth.
    We live in an imperfect world and every single person we run into is imperfect, with the potential for imperfect perceptions and actions towards us. The only person who sees us completely accurately is God, and He tells us we are worth everything and that we have potential to be like Him. His is truly the only opinion we should give any credence to. Its hard, but as I’ve worked on it, I’ve come to feel my worth again. And I know you can too. Don’t give up! And I eventually found healthy people who love and accept me just as I am, flaws and all, because they know that flaws and value are not the same thing. You’ll find people like that too, if you just don’t give up!

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    • It is hard. For some stupid reason I get attached to people, especially men, very easily and every time they reject me it hurts so much. I can’t help but feel there must be something wrong with me if it happens over and over and over again. I do agree with what you said, though. It is just so hard. I hope I can get there one day!

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