I just had a few thoughts this morning that I believe are worth sharing. I think most women grow up disliking their bodies, or being insecure about them ('I'm too fat / too thin / too tall / too short / boobs/butt too big or too small,' etc.) We've recently begun a conversation about this, and it's call "body acceptance" -- a plea to remind all (women and men) that we all come in different shapes and sizes, and you should love what you have.
But I also think we need more self-acceptance, self-love. We need to start truly loving who WE are. Our spirit, or soul, our personality -- whatever you want to call it. Who and where you are in life right now: Love that person!
I don't mean that you shouldn't try to better yourself, you absolutely should -- on a daily basis. But I also feel like we can be too hard on ourselves. I've had a business (in one shape or another) for 10 years, on and off. I used to say that I was the best boss I've ever had, but also the toughest boss I've ever had. I think, at times, I am that way just with myself: I can be so critical and harsh. Even mean! To my own self! So today, I'm reminding myself: MORE LOVE. That's what I need.
If I had baby or child that wasn't perfect, I would never talk to them or treat them like I sometimes treat myself. I would love them and encourage them to be their very best self, as often as possible. I'm watching the TV series "Parenthood" for the first time (on Netflix), and the other day, I believe it was the character Adam who said to Amber "...life will knock you down more times than you can possibly imagine. Don't knock yourself down, too." My sentiments exactly.
So my little (but important!) reminder for today: Love yourself. Accept that we may have flaws in who we are, but we can always choose to do better next time. Celebrate what you like about yourself. As for me, I will acknowledge that I am a really great mom. I am a loving person. I am sensitive in some very good ways. I am kind. I am optimistic.
Am I all of these things, all of the time? No. But today I'm grateful that they are true.
What do you love about yourself? What are you grateful for? I'd love to hear your answers in the comments, but even if you keep your answers to yourself, I think they are some pretty important questions.
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