During recreation time in elementary school, I hated when our PE Teacher would select two people and allow them to pick who would make their team. Almost every time, I would either be picked last or left out. It wasn’t that I wasn’t capable of being a teamplayer, but the team didn’t have the confidence or faith that I could bring anything of value to what was already in existence. Therefore, they sidelined me. You see, it was never about me not being any good, because in all honesty, they knew I was the most valuable player. They saw something in me that they lacked and wanted for themselves, but since they knew there was no way they’d ever get it, they tried to take it out of me.

People don’t know your true value, but they do know you’re worth a lot. This not only intimidates them, but it creates fear, because the minute people notice you, suddenly, they become invisible. In an attempt to not allow you to shine, they’ll dim your light, by speaking negatively to you (in hopes of stopping you from succeeding) and of you. At this point, they don’t care that the attention is on you, because it’s no good anyway. Now, no one cares about what you have to offer, because your critics have offered them every reason as to why they shouldn’t like you, let alone pick you. You’re going to come across people like this, and although they will try to sideline you, don’t allow them to eject you from the game. If you do, no one will ever get to see how amazing you truly are!

Keep being great! Sooner or later, everyone’s going to want you on their team!

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Writefully yours,

Deetra La’Rue

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