The next time you wake up, before washing your face, brushing your teeth or even your hair, look in the mirror and think of what you find beautiful about yourself.
Now, turn around, close your eyes, look within (I hate when people say that but please… just do it). Now, think of the things that make you beautiful.
Forget yourself for a moment. Think of someone you love, whether one of your children, a spouse, parent or friend. What are the most beautiful things about them?
I did this exercise myself. When I looked in the mirror, I was not impressed. I may have even seen a late onset chin hair <crickets>… Really though, I did focus on the exterior.
Then, I turned around, took a deep breath, closed my eyes and looked within. I saw a lot more beauty, felt better about myself, and even cracked a smile, but didn’t completely forget about the possible chin hair.
Next came step 3… I thought about my children, one at a time… Not once did I think about their exterior. The things I found most beautiful were who they were as individuals. Funny enough, it was the quirky things they did that I found most endearing. I had a similar reaction when I thought of everyone I cared about. The last thing I thought of was their exterior beauty.
With this thinking, it amazes me how many people are quick to judge others!
Between family members and friends, I have heard people say things about so many people before they have a chance to close their eyes and actually get to know them (myself included).
My closest friends today are the most beautiful people I know.
I am blessed to have them in my life. Had I not taken the opportunity to get to know them, and fall in love with who they actually are, I would not be who I am today, for each of them have positively affected me, and encouraged me to be who I am WITHOUT INHIBITIONS!
ELEVATE | 2014 | XOXO