You Are Special But You Are Not Entitled To Anything

One of the hardest things I find to try and teach my kids is the balance between them knowing that they are special but they aren't so special that they are entitled to anything.

When I read about the rising levels of depression and suicidal thoughts in our world it scares me. The levels of bullying are very real and as any person who had a typical time growing up can tell you, kids can often be cruel. But in spite of all of that, every person is unique and special in so many ways. You are a unique individual that has your own set of gifts and talents for the world, something only you can bring.

On the flip side, I see so many more people feeling entitled, that feel like they are special above other people for one reason or another. I recently read a story where someone was telling of a co-worker that she overheard getting corrective feedback. The person didn't agree with the feedback and ultimately called their mom to complain about their boss and ask if she would call her boss and tell them not to talk to them the way they did. Before anyone thinks that it is people from a certain generation just stop. I've known people in every generation that have acted like they deserve special treatment.

The point is, every person needs to know that they are special, that they have unique gifts and talents, that they have something to offer the world. Every person also needs to know that they aren't entitled to anything in this world, they aren't so special that the rules don't apply to them.


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