Megan Oaks | @megancoaks
Say what? That’s right! New year, same old me! After Christmas and with the approach of January 1st, every year we begin to reflect on our goals and ambitions. If you’re anything like me, these goals while well meaning, can sometimes lead to feelings of inadequacy. A laundry list of what we don’t like about ourselves, what we want to change and the person we do not want to be a year from now. Call me crazy, but when I think of our Heavenly Father listening to our inner most thoughts, I doubt it brings him joy to hear us list off one by one the things we feel make us less than the uniquely crafted design he created us to be.
New Years eve, as I was scrolling along through my news feed on Facebook, I was pleasantly surprised by a post from a young lady which read; “I’m really happy for everyone saying New Year, new me. I hope it works out. As for me: New Year, same me. I kinda like myself.” I was floored by her wisdom. Floored by her maturity. Floored by her positive attitude and self-image. These things are all too rare nowadays. (I say that like I am ancient and have experienced decades of change.) Truth is, with social media on a rise and reality television exploiting the lives of celebrities, and not to mention those pesky gossip columns peering at us from the grocery line, it has become all too easy to compare our lives to those around us and those that are beyond our reach. Comparing our lives to the lives of others is a slippery slope of destruction for our confidence -- a path of self-deprecation that will eat away at us until there is nothing left.