“If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” ~ Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister
Not Everyone Will Like You
I made a big collage for my kitchen. I used all kinds of handmade paper torn into squares. On each square of paper I wrote a saying that had value to me. Things my parents said; things I thought were important; axioms of life I thought would be good for my grandchildren to know.
On one of the squares I put, “Not everyone will like you, and that’s okay.” Sometimes we get caught up in trying so hard to please everyone that we don’t stand for anything on our own.
We are sort of blown about by every wind of change… by every person we know, and we become just a conglomeration of everything everyone else thinks we should, be instead of who we decide to be for ourselves.
Stand For Something
I want to stand for something. I want people to be able to count on me to be confident enough to have a strong, solid conviction of who I am and what I believe.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t change, or that we can’t listen to new ideas and adjust our thinking. But our main purpose should not be to constantly adjust for the purpose of getting everyone to like us.
“Not everyone will like us… and that’s alright.” But if we set out to live how we know we should, no matter what, people will respect us and will admire our integrity. And in the end, they may even thank God for us.
“For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of God because of you.” ~ I Thessalonians 3:8-9 (NIV)