One of my favorite worship songs is Encourage Yourself by Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers. Its states “Sometimes you have to encourage yourself. Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test”. Life can be hard, unpredictable, inconsistent and downright scary. But you can’t let those tough times get you down or worse…keep you down. You have to make the decision to hold your head up high and power through whatever struggle you are going through. Some of the toughest struggles in life involve relationships…in my opinion. You can have everything you need or want, but if your relationship with your best friend or family or significant other is on the rocks, its impossible to enjoy your material things. But you can’t give other people your power. No one should change the way you feel about yourself. Many times people can’t handle the weight of your personality, but that’s their problem. Not yours. I refuse to sanitize who I am for the sake of another. Your uniqueness is a blessing to others and you should NEVER dim your light.