Can you just give yourself a hug for who you are? For your mind, your heart, your thoughts, your ideas and your body. Give yourself a great big emotional hug!
I think we need to learn to relax into ourselves. Believe me, I’m talking to myself here and hopefully this touches someone else’s heart who needs it. I truly believe each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalms 139:14 (TPT)
“I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord!”
I hope you can be proud of your imperfect mind and body! We are all flawed and that’s the honest truth. Not one of us is perfect. Remember before you can love yourself you have to accept who you are, inside and out. Let go of the images you think you should be and grab a hold of who you are. You are unique, there is no one exactly like you and the world needs you!
Now, I am not saying we can’t improve upon our minds and bodies! Heck we should!! Each day is an opportunity to grow into more of who we are made to be. Exercising our minds and bodies for our emotional and physical health. Yes, we are flawed but that doesn’t make us limited. We can be limited by what we think and that’s where we become stuck…our mindset. What you think you become. You know that old saying about “a child becomes what they are told” Just think about how often you speak negatives to yourself…would you say those negatives to a child? So why is it ok to speak that to yourself? Its not ok. You do become what you think and what you say you are. The negative self-talk becomes our reality. Just because we think it doesn’t make it true.
Google the “Negativity bias” to sum it up it says basically “something very positive will generally have less of an impact on a person’s behavior and beliefs than something equally emotional but a negative.
This is such a powerful bit of information. I think sometimes we use the worst-case scenarios to prepare ourselves for a disappointment or loss…if we think it and it happens it won’t hurt as much. Thinking things like “we are not smart enough or too slow or not good enough or too old and blah, blah, blah.” But the truth is …then we don’t have to try because we believe it won’t work out anyways. We believe the lies in our heads. “The False Prophets” Fear is creeping in, the insecurities, the what ifs. But what if we let go of fear and take a chance on hope?
What if we changed that thought process…how about we think that something is going to work out for the best! That we are smart enough, fast enough, good enough, age doesn’t matter…. that everything we wanted will be. Look at what you are dreaming of…what is holding you back? Mindset! Of course, somethings won’t happen the way we dreamt but each event gets us closer to the goal. We all have hope!!! Yes, we may fail, make mistakes and stumble but we can also succeed, be right, and rise up to make a difference.
If your goal is to love yourself more, than think of yourself in love and appreciate what you bring to the world. When I think of love, I think of God and what love is and this next verse.
1 Corinthians 13: 4 (TPT)
“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when a blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honestly and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.”
Today I pray that you see the love that He has for you. Love is large and patient with YOU, its kind to YOU!!! Its happy for others when they have success! It is humble and it does not traffic in SHAME or DISRESPECT…and so on…love never gives up on you!!!
If your dream is to be happy with your mind and body and all the scars both emotional and physical…its mindset. Its perspective. That mind and body of yours has taken you everywhere you have stepped. Show it some love. Your mind and body have done things you never thought possible. For some of us it was running a marathon, or taking those first steps after an accident when no one thought you could, choosing joy after losing a loved one, fighting cancer, living with chronic illness, creating and bringing a child into world, raising your own children, raising step children, being single, wanting children, not wanting children, starting a business on your own, staying home to raise those kids and resting both emotionally and physically. Wow!!! There are so many more examples of how great your mind and body are…insert your story here and show yourself some love and gratitude for being you through all the messiness and wonderfulness called your life. Your mind and body are the best team you will ever be on. Insert a random “cheer “here. 😊 YAY TEAM!!!
Celebrate who you are and how you are! Your goals and dreams!!! Remember to love always, be you, be brave, chase your dreams, find joy in the little things, keep growing and learning. Work on healing and stepping into new beginnings as you are embracing the real you. Be kind to yourself. We are all flawed but still worthy of good things.