Before we know any better; before we even know who we really are,
We tend to believe and accept what others say about us;
The good and the bad, we take them in religiously;
Indirectly giving their words the power to shape our lives;
Most of the time, we tend to dwell on the negative more than the positive;
And later find ourselves becoming victims of self-fulfilling prophecy;
Not good enough, not strong, not pretty enough, we heard them call us;
And some way somehow, we started to see ourselves that way each time we stared at ourselves in the mirror.
But now we have grown and we know better;
And some of us are still bound to the portrait people painted for us growing up;
Good-for-nothing, epitome of failure, the words keeping ringing in the ears;
But forget the image you see in your head; it is a broken mirror-what you see isn’t real.
Whatever someone says to you is like a seed sown into your life;
But you choose to make that seed feel at home enough to take root;
So gladly accept the good and kind words and water them in your heart;
But for the cruel ones, shut them out and delete permanently.
You may have grown up believing that you couldn’t go far in life;
But you are still alive and that must count for something;
Pick up the pieces and keep walking on;
And replace that broken mirror in your mind with a good one.
Then you would see just how complete you are;
Even with your imperfections, you are clearly unique;
So don’t let someone’s rude words tear you down;
If they had better lives themselves, they wouldn’t be so bitter.
It’s time to pull out some weeds out of your garden;
And water the seeds.
Written by Josephine Amoako