We have been taught to search for faults, to find the shortcomings not only in ourselves but in others. This is unfortunate for many reasons.
By focusing on “what’s wrong,” we lose the opportunity to turn towards ourselves and those around us with acceptance and compassion. Reflecting upon innate worth opens doors to love and learning.
Through awareness, we can identify what makes us human. This shared humanity is what is most deserving of kindness and respect. Cultivating gratitude and realistic appreciation of self and others can be challenging — but comes with big payoffs.
For today, begin by regarding yourself with kindness. Write down ten sentences that represent who you are and the gifts you provide to the world. Think about the ways in which your life is enriched by these traits and observe any feelings of gratitude that arise as you complete this exercise.
I am adventurous and enjoy challenges.
I am a creative individual who contributes thoughtfully to my world.
I am a brave leader who has tried initiatives few others have dreamed of.
I am a considerate friend and reach out to those I care about.
I am generous and give mindfully to others.
I am disciplined and complete goals I set out for myself.
I am energetic and sincere.
I am a compassionate person who is willing to consider the worldview of other people.
I am trustworthy and keep my word.
I am loving and passionate, dedicated and accepting.
After writing your sentences, take time to review each statement.
Let me know how it goes @redheadlefthand.