A thesaurus tells my story…
I read a sentence today that jumped off the page at me.
I just kept reading it over and over. It was like I was seeing myself in a mirror for the first time in years. . . . I was recognizing the true me for the first time in what seems like forever—noticing the changes time has brought. Not in a distasteful way, but a way that recognizes things are different and appreciating the beauty of the wisdom that has replaced the youthful glow.
diminish /dəˈmɪnɪʃ/ verb / 1 : to become or to cause something to become less in size, importance, etc. / 2 : to lessen the authority or reputation of (someone or something) / : to describe (something) as having little value or importance.
Now I was entranced, so I looked up diminish in the thesaurus and was blown away not only by the words that describe my life, but the antonyms that clearly show what I was promised.
Main Entry: diminish / Part of Speech: verb / Definition: belittle / Synonyms: abase, bad-mouth, cheapen, cut down to size, decry, demean, depreciate, derogate, detract from, devalue, dispraise, dump on, give comeuppance, knock off high horse, minimize, pan, poormouth, put away, put down, run down, tear down / Antonyms: compliment, praise
Main Entry: abase / Part of Speech: verb / Definition: deprive of self-esteem, confidence / Synonyms: belittle, debase, degrade, demean, diminish, disgrace, dishonor, humble, humiliate, lower, mortify, reduce, shame / Antonyms: cherish, dignify, exalt, extol, honor, respect
So, do they perfectly describe me?
As I said, I believed the lie that I don’t matter. . . .