of the most crippling fears we have is that of not measuring
up. Perhaps you feel you won't impress others because they
are more confident, successful, intelligent or attractive
than you. Such thinking is misguided. The secret of doing
well with others is accepting yourself as you are.
is story about a student, who kept a diary filled with private
memories. Some were painful recollections from childhood when
he felt hurt, confused, lonely and insecure. He had described
fragments of dreams and intensely personal feelings of anger
and hatred, as well as things he enjoyed such as Magic shops
and coin dealers.
a terrible thing happened. After dinner one night he realized
that he had left his diary in the cloakroom outside the campus
dinning hall. Terrified that somebody might read it and find
out the truth about him, he raced back, only to discover that
it was gone.
passed, and eventually he gave up hope of ever finding it
again. A month later, he was hanging up his jacket in the
same place when he saw his brown, tattered Diary, just where
he had left it. Nervously he flicked through the pages and
found that a stranger had written this entry: "God bless
you. I'm a lot like you, only I don't keep a diary, I'm grateful
to know there are others like me. I hope things turn out well
came to his eyes. It had never dawned on him that anyone could
know his inner feelings and also feel things just like the
way he did.
no matter what, whether you're rich or poor, insecure or outgoing,
brilliant or average, attractive or plain-some, there are
people like you. Discard your fears of not measuring up, and
accept yourself as you are.