LEARNING TO VALUE MYSELF

DURING THIS PAST SCHOOL YEAR, the tendency to compare myself to other students in my class seemed to take over my thinking. Thoughts about who was a better student, more engaged in social or extracurricular activities, or even who was better at practicing Christian Science, would frequently cross my mind. Even though I felt uncomfortable with these feelings of competitiveness, they remained in my thoughts on and off for several months and began to wear away at my own sense of value.

This competition was especially true with one of my friends. It seemed like she excelled at everything she did, from academics to extracurriculars. One day during the last school year I began to envy her leadership style. Not only was she able to connect quickly with everyone around her, but she was fantastic at managing tasks and working efficiently. Why did I lack these leadership skills? I wondered.

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