“…One never knows who might be sitting next to them, who suffers with symptoms of L-S-E….”

Self-Esteem: If you view yourself as having Low-Self-Esteem, then you’re in trouble.  Too often, if we lack self-esteem, it will spell trouble throughout life.  Though it would be easier to write about HIGH-SELF-ESTEEM; today, I speak of the low-end of the spectrum.  Many don’t think well of themselves; and it has had extreme consequences on them, their family, career, and even – society.  Consider those involved in the Westroads Mall shooting in 2007; the Virginia Tech Massacre, Red Lake Massacre in 2008, Columbine High School in 1999, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  While these are EXTREME examples, and I’m not talking about the terrorist mentality, rather, the day-to-day guy who thinks ill of himself.  One never knows who might be sitting next to them, who suffers with symptoms of L-S-E.  Self-loathing is an affliction which seldom is reality-based and can afflict anyone; even those whose lives are on the up-swing.  Some celebrities who suffer with L-S-E are Kate Winslet, Serena Williams, David Bowie, Mariah Carey, and some media report the same of John McCain, Michelle Bachman, and Katie Couric. Those suffering with forms  of disgrace, shame, weight issues, severe humility, modesty, and timidity are often victims of Low-Self-Esteem.  Contrary to that; there are those who have bloated-egos, enormous pride, and smell of narcissism.  Some can cover up their insecurities because of their professions; while others deal with it in the midst of criticism and ridicule.  While I make no attempt to offer solutions; I can say; during my own growth process; when competing with those who were better educated, high in society, and endless financial resources; I found myself at low-tide more often than not.  That said, though, I would pull myself up by the bootstraps and hunker-down for the next “big-fight.”  As I tasted varying degrees of success; my own self-esteem grew proportionately.  Somewhere in the process, I had more trouble with thinking too highly of myself than lowly.  My thoughts are; that hard work, commitment, integrity, loyalty, following the Golden rule, thinking positive, and a close relationship with God and Our Lord Jesus Christ would rid one of any form of low-self-esteem.  It tells us in Romans 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. …Blessings…cjlb…3/16/14

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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