What If…

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What if we weren’t so hard on ourselves?  What if we stopped being our own worst critic?  What if we stopped being so hard on ourselves?  What if we recognized our strengths and talents?  What if we embraced those and used them for good? What if we accepted ourselves just the way we are?

What if we loved ourselves?

Can we stop judging and criticizing what we see in the mirror?  Can we see what we love instead of what could use some improvement?  Can we be motivated to better ourselves rather than beat ourselves up because we aren’t yet where we want to be?  Can we see the good in others rather than judging them from our own perspective and standards?  Can we embrace our differences?  Can we appreciate the differences rather than simply tolerate them?

Can we make our world a better place?

What would it look like if we loved ourselves?  What would it look like if we loved each other?  What would it look like if we acted upon that love?  What would it look like if we lived in this kind of world?

I recently found myself in a place where I needed to learn to love myself for all that I am, and all that I’m not.  I began compiling lists – all kinds of lists that helped me to see the beauty of myself and my life.  It gave me something tangible and visible to keep me from forgetting.  One list contained all the physical features that I love about myself; another listed all of my character traits that I love.  In order to keep each list to one single page, I kept having to make the font smaller!  It’s amazing how much you find that you love about yourself when you really stop and think about it.  And honestly, this helped me in a tremendous way to let go of my negative self-talk and embrace the good in me.  I can acknowledge and verbalize my gifts and talents for probably the first time in my 41 years.  I suddenly don’t feel as if I’m carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders as I strive to be more and more and more.  What an amazing feeling!

How would you feel if you could change your perspective about yourself from negative to positive? How would it change your life? How would it change your career? How would it change your relationships? How would it change you?

Can I issue a challenge? Write your own self-love lists. What do you love about yourself? Think about it.  Write it down.  Read it often.  Believe it.

Peace.

About Beautifully Polarized

Life is ever changing. God is working in me more everyday. He has blessed me with a husband who is my best friend in every aspect of life, and three children who teach me about life and love everyday. He has blessed me further with friends who help me get through the rough days, and laugh with me on the good days. And, I believe He gave me the best mom a girl could ask for. He has also given me trials so that I can grow into the person He intended me to be. Walking with Him makes life in this world bearable.

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