Monday, November 16, 2015

You're Too Sensistive

There are a myriad of things that I've been criticized for regularly since I was little. I talk too much, I take too long to tell a story, I'm too judgemental (an Uncle called me the "Morality Police" when I was 13-not much has changed.)

The thing I've probably heard the most, though, is: You're too sensitive.

I heard it when I got my feelings hurt. I heard it almost any time I cried. I heard it in college when I told pretty much everyone I knew that I loved them. I heard it so early on and so frequently that I really did think it was a bad thing. I thought it was something that needed to be changed. I needed to be less sensitive.

As I've gotten older, though, I've begun to not only appreciate, but treasure my sensitivity. I love that I cry at movies and that I can't handle violent or graphic scenes. I'm grateful for my sensitivity to things that don't make me feel uplifted. I'm grateful for my understanding of my daughter's emotions. We're on the verge of some tender feelings and for the most part, I'm able to feel and understand her--where some might get frustrated.

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I've come to associate my deeply feeling heart as the person I was made to be. And I feel that at the times I have the deepest emotions or that I'm the most sensitive are the times that I'm doing the things in my life to cultivate that. I'm living a life that is at peace and I can hear my heart more clearly and feel most deeply. In fact, I've learned to truly honor my sensitivity and I'm careful to not do things that might harden my heart. 

Now that I notice my own child's tender heart, I realize that she was made that way. I personally find it so sweet that she's so sensitive. And while I know I'm just getting started on dealing with this emotional girl, I'm more than happy, too. And honestly, is there really such a thing as too much sensitivity? In my opinion, the world needs a bit more sensitivity right now. I would never try to discourage her from being exactly who she is--and I would not do that to myself either. 

I've started to embrace my sensitivity and use it as a barameter of sorts. How impacted am I when I pass the accident on the freeway or when I see an ambulence go by? How quickly do I start praying when I hear of tragedies? And how quickly do I try to reconcile a disagreement with my husband or calm down when motherhood tests my patience? The quicker I try to find a peace, the more in touch I am with my sensitivity. 

Something that has always been criticized about me is something that I've become the most grateful for. One of my most treasure personality traits. I hope to teach my daughter to treasure this among some of the other amazing traits she possesses. I encourage you to, too. 

What are some of your most criticized but most treasured personality traits? Let's talk about and embrace those today!

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