I didn't belong as a kid . . .

Laurie Pace Late March 2016 Watering the new plants. 

Laurie Pace Late March 2016 Watering the new plants. 

“I didn't belong as a kid, and that always bothered me. If only I'd known that one day my differentness would be an asset, then my early life would have been much easier.” ― Bette Midler

I was reading recently an article from becoming minimalist on why self-worth is more important than net-worth. Today in our world it always seems to 'matter' about the net-worth and who can collect the most toys. As an artist, your value seems to be dictated by your gallery representation and the image you portray online.  We all have the opportunity to put 'the best face forward' for that image.  The truth rarely lies there.  

What is the difference between self-worth and self-esteem?

The ego begins early in life and we somehow allow the things that happen to us as children to shape our ego and our self-worth. In childhood the experiences rely on other people and happenings outside of you.  Then the ego jumps onto the scene to interfere with the journey to discover who you truly are. 

This puts it best: "Self-worth is how we measure how much we're loved and respected by others. Self-esteem is how we measure how much we're loved and respected by ourselves.  by theoverwhelmedbrain.com  You might click over and read. The ego is always trying to jump into life situations.  

As I read the article I had warm thoughts about my Dad who always told me "I" is not important. We always try to include ourselves, our opinions and our thoughts into conversations when it truly is nothing but ego talking.  Religiously our own thoughts of things, or the opinions of others matters not... only God's word matters. Hard to get around that one.  Repeat it throughout the day, "My opinions and the opinions of others are not important.God's word is all that is important." 

1 Peter 3:4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.