Saturday, February 20, 2010

So Long Insecurity: Quotes from the First Two Chapters

I've just starting digging into this book by Beth Moore, and I'm going to give some quotes that have resonated with me. A few may not make sense since I will be giving them in a short context, not a full quote.

"Somethings wrong with us for us to value ourselves so little."

"Men are not our problem; it's what we are trying to get from them that messes us up. We use guys like mirrors to see if we're valuable."

"Setbacks, on the other hand, just make us feel weak and stupid: I should have conquered this by now. I happened on a question not long ago that oerfectly expresses this mentality: How many times must I prove myself an idiot?"

"The question is whether or not our insecurities are substantial enough to hurt, limit, or even distract us from profound effectiveness or fulfillment of purpose." (Body image does this for me.)

One specialist's definition of insecurity:

"Insecurity refers to a profoud sense of self-doubt--a deep feeling of uncertainty about our basic worth and our place in the world. Insecurity is associated with chronic self-consciousness, along with a chronic lack of confidence in ourselves and anxiety about our relationships. The insecure man or woman lives in constant fear of rejection and a deep uncertainty about whether his or her own feelings and desires are legitimate." (Words in italics are things that I underlined that really hit home with me.)

"Insecurity's best cover is perfectionism. That's where it becomes an art form."

"Insecurity is miserable. That's the bottom line. We don't need it. We don't want it. And we really can live without it. So what would happen if we quite being accomplices in our own misery?"