This doesn't mean I have found the secret to feeling good about myself 100% of the time. But I certainly don't dwell on my imperfections...anymore! I accept myself as PERFECTLY IMPERFECT. I chug along and try to change things that really bother me. But, I don't beat myself up when I can't quite accomplish those changes as fast as I would like.
Most importantly, I LIKE myself. And I believe others like me too :). Some folks don't believe that being liked should matter so much. And that's ok...for them! I believe that when you are genuinely and sincere about ensuring respect and dignity for others that you deal with on a daily basis is a good thing. Don't mistake kindness for weakness and stupidity. Sometimes my choice not to react is a political one. Other times it is a sincere choice to pick my battles. Other times, it's really not that important to react. Remember, I like myself. And no one has the power to to chip away at my spirit unless I allow it. The moment I feel that my self-esteem or self-worth is compromised, I move on and eliminate the negativity from my life. I have done that with boyfriends and I have done that with jobs. And I'll continue to do that as needed.
Think deeply, speak gently, love much, laugh aloud, work hard, give freely, and be kind.
She unfurls her wings. She speaks her mind. She is a beautiful parcel of boldness and grace, all wrapped together, brilliant. Shining. The more of her own light she allows to shine, the more others shine too. From high up, she imagines they must look like a constellation.