Day 13: You are fabulous and it’s ok to tell others
Why is it (and maybe it’s just true for me but I’m betting it’s true for others) easier to repeat negative things people say about us then good things? I have no trouble telling my husband if I get an e-mail that tells me what I’m doing wrong but I gloss over positive comments that I get.
Today I was visiting with one of my Stimulus Package clients and she said the absolute nicest and honoring comment. She said “Elizabeth, I want to commend you for your professionalism and authenticity.” Wow! I was speechless and very touched. I knew that this was going to be my ‘small moment’ today but when I thought about blogging about it I almost stopped. You see, what if you think I’m bragging by telling you this? That’s when I realized that it’s must easier to pass on negative comments than positive ones.
Why is that? For me it goes way back to childhood. I was told “don’t let that go to your head” or “don’t think too much of yourself”. I think that we should let things go to our head and we should think big of our self. If we don’t, who is? Great self-esteem and true confidence comes from within and then we can let that shine on others. I’m not talking about being obnoxious and me, me, me. I’m saying that it is a good thing to think that we are awesome and to really treasure when other people realize the same thing.
Quick, write down 5 fabulous things about yourself. What was your first reaction to that request? Set those thoughts aside and do it anyway. Hopefully you’ll keep going and write 100 awesome things! You are an amazing person.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” A quote by Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles