I was talking to my sister today and she brought up a really good point. She’s amazing and we couldn’t say some of these things better ourselves - some quotes are straight from her mouth! We just wanted to remind you how important it is to talk kindly, to others and to yourself. We could sit here and tell you all about using nice language and being kind. We have all heard this: don’t say mean things, don’t swear, be nice to everyone, but what does that really entail? How can we affect those for good?
Have you ever not had your best day and you’ve stood in line at the grocery store when someone compliments your hair or your shoes? It somehow gives you new found confidence, or at the very least, puts a smile on your face. We should be our own best cheerleader, but sometimes we are our worst critic. I have a very good teacher… my 5 year old niece. Every time we say goodbye we start with “I love you to the moon and back” and we end up hitting every country she knowns exists. The other day when this was happening she said, “I love you more than you love yourself.” I realized.. she’s probably right. For some reason we don’t seem to be nice to ourselves and love ourselves like we should.
I actually have pretty low self esteem… Let me tell you, it does not make it any better when you talk badly about yourself. I would look in the mirror and say things like “Oh Gosh..” or “Your girl needs to get in SHAPE!” or whatever small innocent comment it may have been. Too many times we deflect compliments, object, or say otherwise, but oddly enough, we need to be loved, validated and appreciated! Plus secretly everyone loves a compliment! Britt decided every time we looked in the mirror, if we didn’t have anything nice to say, we would tell ourselves that we are children of God and if nothing else he loves us perfectly!
What are you doing when you are criticizing yourself? You are stopping your own progress. Thank goodness I had a relentless best friend who saw a struggling friend who needed a little push in the right direction. We are special, beautiful, kind, talented, passionate, and a breath of fresh air to the people we meet. When others are feeling dim or are angry, love them, look for the good in them, and help them to see their potential as well. “I have this theory that if one person will go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same… Tomorrow is not a promise, but a chance.” -Rachel Joy Scott
If you haven’t done this lately, make a list of the things you love about yourself and if you can’t come up with more than 5, give us a call. We have about a million when we think about you.
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