“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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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.”
This speech by Nelson Mandela was originally written by Marianne Williamson
You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy. So what do you love most about yourself? Who do you see when you look in the mirror? I have the above picture in my bathroom on the wall next to the mirror to remind me that I am who I choose to be and choose to see? What I am capable of becoming is only limited by my beliefs.
What are your limiting beliefs? Limiting beliefs are part of the mental programming we have in our unconscious mind. They are the thoughts we run in our head over and over like a broken record. For you younger folk, CD. When we grew up, we heard many things from our parents, friends, and others close to us that told us how to see ourselves. Are you still listening to the same old script? You have the power to choose how you will see yourself from this day forward. You can delete the junk and replace it with nurturing loving thoughts about yourself.
My goal in creating this blog was to empower people to love and be loved. I want to see it spread from person to person like a ripple in the water, changing the world. But we all have to start with loving ourselves.
It starts with self-acceptance and self-forgiveness. Yes, forgiveness. We all have let ourselves down or made bad choices. Sometimes the consequences of our choices have been severe. We need to forgive ourselves.
Write a list of all your disappointments, regrets, and all the things you dreamed you should have accomplished by now. Include the things you have done that you have been beating yourself up over towards yourself and others. Go down the list and genuinely forgive yourself for each infraction. It is more powerful if you do this in front of the mirror. You can give yourself a hug if you want as you do it.
Then tell yourself how much you love yourself. List all the things that are lovable about you. Like, I love you because you are compassionate and thoughtful. I love you because you are honest and trustworthy. I love you because you are a good friend. We all are worthy of being loved. You can start with; I love you because you are trying to change and I am proud of whom you are becoming. The fact you are drawn to a site to increase the love in the world says volumes about you.
“I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The astonishing light of your own being.”
“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.”
~ Mary Dunbar
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Go let your light shine! Shine Bright!
A poem of Self Worth
I’m special. In all the world there is nobody like me.
Since the beginning of time, there has never been another person like me; Nobody has my eyes, my nose, my hair, my hands, my voice, I’m special.
Nobody anywhere has my taste for food or music or art. No one sees things just as I do.
In all of time there has been no one who laughs like me, no one who cries like me. And what makes me laugh and cry will never provoke identical laughter and tears from anybody else, ever.
No one in the universe can reach the quality of my combination of talents, ideas, abilities and feelings. Like a room full of musical instruments, some may excel alone, but none can match the symphony sound when all are played together. I’m a symphony.
Through all of eternity no one will ever look, talk, walk, think, or do like me, I’m special. I’m rare.
I’m special, and I’m beginning to realize it’s no accident that I’m special. I’m beginning to see that God made me special for a very special purpose. He must have a job for me that no one else can do as well as I. Out of all the billions of applicants, only one is qualified, only one has the right combination of what it takes. That one is me. Because…..
I have Self-Worth