I’m a selfish brat

Things didn’t go the way I wanted.

So I got mad, said something mean to my mom, then I cried.

{And no, this is not being written by a 15 year old girl…I wish! Try 34… some things never change… so embarrassing.}

The root of my anger: entitlement.

I felt entitled.

Cause that’s what the world tells us, right? It’s all about me, me, me.

I was frustrated because her schedule didn’t work with mine. <gasp!>

Didn’t she understand that I needed help? Can’t she see that I am all alone with my 4 kids. She knows my husband is gone during the week, so doesn’t she care that I will have to miss meeting my kids’ teachers if she can’t watch them for me?

Those thoughts felt good. I felt justified. She was so wrong. I was right.

I was enjoying the little pity party I was throwing myself {complete with M&Ms and cupcakes}, until I was interrupted.

Next thing I know, this little mini ebook was staring at me in the face.

It’s called “Giving Up Normal.” And of course it’s all about thinking beyond yourself and serving others. Because that is all that seems to be popping up in my face lately! ugh!

Needless to say, my pity party was immediately extinguished.  <sigh>

I realized how easy it is for me to get caught in the entitlement trap.

I deserve ______because ______ .

They should do ________ for me because ______.

They should give me _______ because ________.

It’s just not fair!

{Man, and I wonder where my kids get their attitude from? They are way more observant than I give them credit for.}

After reading that little book, I regained perspective…it’s not all about me. Duh, like this is some shocking news.

It’s easy to wallow in self pity, it’s hard to rise above. 

But every time we choose to rise above, it gives us a little more strength so the next time won’t be so tough. No pain, no gain, right?

So…..I’m curious to know….

Am I the only selfish brat out there or does anyone else struggle with this too? {Please tell me I’m not alone!}

 

You can get the book here. {Did I mention it is FREE and takes minutes to read?}

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7 Responses to I’m a selfish brat

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  2. I have thrown a couple of pity parties just like that… and always with chocolate. I will have to check out that little ebook. Thanks.
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  3. Girl – first this has made my day. Any time anything that I write touches somebody — my world lights up. Second, I wrote the book from the bottom of my heart and I STILL struggle. This is such a me centered world that it’s hard to get my eyes off myself. Blessings on your journey!
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    • Amber says:

      I found it at just the right time, right when I needed to hear it. Thank you for sharing your words and challenging me to stretch outside my comfort zone. So glad I found you (from Amy’s blog)!

  4. Amber you are not alone, me too me too suffers from the “I I me me, it’s all about me” syndrome. Thank you for the link, I am definitely going to give it a read because there is more out there than just me, because I am not alone in this great big world.

    • Amber says:

      Kim, so glad I’m not the only one with that “syndrome.” Let me know what you think of that little book.

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