I have been thinking a lot lately about how women view themselves; their self image. As women, although we are amazing, we have such a hard time seeing that. Some of the most confident women I know go through bouts where they do not see themselves clearly. They forget the things they have accomplished and that they are in the process of accomplishing. We are critical about our looks, our success, our relationships, and our spirituality.
Yes, we can always make improvements. That is what progression is about. It’s not OK to just be at a plateau. Not moving anywhere can actually be a regression. We can still become healthier, change our hair, wear make-up. I love doing all those things. But this does not mean we need to criticize and berate ourselves about who we are and how fast we are progressing to our “ideal” selves or lives. This does not mean just because we don’t look like Sofia Vergara, Kate Upton, or Angelina Jolie, that we ourselves are not beautiful. Everyone has their own beauty. No two people are alike and so to expect yourself to look like someone else is ridiculous. You are you and unique. How special is that?! I really mean that. We are all unique. Brooke Shields, who I feel is extremely beautiful, keeps her hair long because she cannot stand her ears.
Every morning I am going to look in the mirror and say, “Good morning.”
I have decided to implement a new regime in my schedule. Every morning when I wake up, I am going to look myself in the mirror and just say, “Good morning, Laureen.” And then every night before I go to bed, I am going to say, “Goodnight, Laureen.” I know it might seem silly but I greet people all day. I look at them in the eye, and think about one of their beautiful features (I really do. People have all sorts of beauty that they are not aware of), and say hello. Why do I not do the same thing for myself? And so I will. Please join me in this challenge. Look at yourself at the mirror and just say hello. You don’t have to try to figure out a feature that you like (because knowing most people, they will start getting distracted by what they don’t like), you just have to say hello. Sooner or later, you will start to notice that you like yourself. And think you are beautiful.
I want to hear from you. In the comments below, share with me one way you have learned to appreciate your features.