Your Duty to the Universe

The Universe, God, Spirit, etc has been incredibly good to me throughout my entire life. And for a large portion of my life it just didn’t register to me how important it is to be of service to others. I simply thought being nice was enough. You know, holding a door here, paying for something for someone else there, yadda-yadda-ya.

When I graduated from high school back in 2007, I became a substitute teacher that following school year and that entire experience helped me to understand how important it is to be as of much service as you can to others. For me that meant not just being a “sub”, I actually tried really hard! Teachers have it rough, they aren’t just teachers, they’re psychologists, nurses, parents, disciplinarians, the whole deal! Anyways, I found myself trying to share the wisdom that has been shared with me with these kids. I found myself trying to help the girls who felt insecure, just like I did at their age, understand that they’re beautiful just as they are. I found myself loving some of these children as if they were my own! I mean it was such an eye-opening and heart-opening experience…

I’m very fortunate to have been blessed with an abundance of wise people in my life. These people have coached me through my life and have helped mold me into the woman I am today. And while I’ve taken the journey to self-love on my own, I’m not ashamed to admit that without the support and encouragement of these influential, compassionate, and wonderful people I may not be as confident as I am today.

As a woman, for whatever reason, it seems like women enjoy trying to bring other women down. It’s no secret and I can’t stand it! I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for women to give women props or credit when it’s due and if you have nothing positive to say, why feel compelled to say something negative? Anyways, I’m quickly veering off the subject at hand, which is helping people!

Sometimes the best way to help a person is to help them find the confidence in him/herself that is somehow lost or not where it should be.

When we see people we don’t know and sometimes even people we do know, we allow our perception of them to be how we perceive they feel about themselves. For example, I could see a girl and think she’s absolutely beautiful and should have no reason to not feel confident and happy with herself. Then if I get to know her it becomes evident she has low self-esteem for whatever reason. To me, it doesn’t make any sense because I could see her beauty, her great personality, her great sense of style, etc and just assume she has no reason to not be confident. But to her, she may actually be blind to all of her wonderful qualities due to circumstances in her life or the people she surrounds herself with.

Now, let’s say I get to know this girl more and more and really begin to see and understand why she feels the way she does about herself. I now have the opportunity to help uplift her spirits, to try to boost her confidence, and quite honestly get a chance to be vocal and tell her how amazing she is. And I do all of this simply because, quite frankly, everyone deserves to hear it!

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m all about feeling good about yourself no matter what other people think or say, but I’d be lying if it didn’t feel good to hear it from someone else every once in a while!

You don’t know how often or how little someone else hears good things about themselves. Tell someone they’re beautiful, that you appreciate them, that they did a great job, that they’re much stronger than they give themselves credit it for! Tell them, shout it from the mountain top! We all want to hear it sometimes and that’s okay!

So, the next time you see someone is down, use your voice to help uplift them. After all, consider the times in your life when you were feeling down and someone used their voice, wisdom, and compassion to uplift you.

This is your duty to the universe!

When is the last time you used your voice to help uplift someone else?

With Love,

Brittni Pope

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