“Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover”

We often hear this phrase, but do we actually live our lives by it? Do we give people a real chance to show us their true colors? Or do we simply judge people at first glance?

I’ve found that the greatest beauty in the world is the beauty that is hidden, the beauty that you have to search for.

Let’s think about this for a moment. A diamond, the most precious of jewels comes from dirt deep within the earth. This is no coincidence; this is a message to the heart and soul of every person. If a person dismissed the dirt as being inconsequential they may have at the same moment, cast aside a most precious diamond. So let’s begin to dig a bit deeper, and uncover the jewel within each person we come across.

A friend of Life Vest Inside shared this video with me and tears began streaming down my cheeks uncontrollably. I guarantee you will feel the same way. Why? Because we all know what it’s like to have people discourage us, judge us, cast us aside. We’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives. But deep in our hearts we know that we have so much to offer. How many times did you feel that if only people gave you the chance they would see all you have to offer. Unfortunately, the constant disappointment of people not betting on you makes you begin to lose faith in yourself in your talents, in your value.

But watching someone who at first sight was judged or ridiculed, rise above despite the cynical stares, nasty remarks – is truly heart warming, its inspiring and it ignites the belief that we too can rise above.

This message is for all of the dreamers out there who have a vision of doing great things: Never ever stop believing in yourself – you will climb your mountain, you will reach the top, regardless of the cynicism that may surround you, regardless of the negativity, regardless of the discouraging remarks. Just please never ever give up on yourselves; never ever give up on your dreams.

There will be times when you feel like calling it quits, questioning why you thought you could actually succeed; but you never know just how close to your dream you may be.

Watching this clip moved me in such an amazing way; it lifted my spirits and energized me. We all want people to bet on us, but until we begin to bet on ourselves no one will follow. Be proud of who you are, the beauty you have, your potential for greatness. You may be saying to yourself, what is she talking about – I don’t have any potential, I’ll never amount to anything, what can I do – but you couldn’t be further from the truth. If you are here, then there is something you can do that no one else can do regardless of how hard they try. You have a purpose and until you start loving yourself for who you are you may never see it. Find your inner voice, your inner beauty and let your true colors shine through – because that’s precisely what people will love most about you.

As the song goes: “Give us faith so we’ll be saved!” That’s the key! Faith! Belief! Without it – what’s left? If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you? Faith is the main reason for the person I am today and why I am so passionate about Life Vest Inside and reaching out to empower others. I’ve experienced many ups and downs in my life (experiences I will share with you over time) and I’ve been very close to giving up. The kindness of others will not always be the force to lift you out of the darkness. The truth is, the greatest source of strength will come from within you; when you look within and begin to bet on yourself.

I hope you enjoy this clip as much as I did. But more importantly, I hope that after you watch it you will see your world and the people in it with different eyes. Instead of looking at the exterior, begin looking at people for who they are inside. Everyone is special and unique in his or her own way – so get out there and begin to discover those amazing things that make them who they are! First step – discover the amazing things that make you who you are – there are more reasons than one to love yourself, start counting…

The more you respect yourself, love yourself, and acknowledge your beauty – the more you will begin to respect others, love others, and acknowledge their beauty.