There’s this quote in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love that just bowls me over every time I read it.
She tells the story of how one day she’s running to catch an elevator and after she gets in, she looks up, sees someone looking at her and smiles – then she realizes that it’s her reflection in the mirror.
Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.
These are my questions: What if you welcomed yourself as a friend? What if you treated yourself with all the care that you show to your loved ones? What if you looked at yourself as an ally instead of an enemy?
How often do you pick yourself apart, either by feature or emotion or belief or dream, and find yourself lacking?
We’re inundated with images of women who “have it all” and “have it all together” and because we think that we don’t measure up to that, there’s something wrong with us. And it’s not just women on TV, in movies, entertainers. How often do you compare yourself to someone you see online – on a blog, Facebook, Twitter, whatever – and immediately measure yourself against her?
She has it all together, she’s making things happen so quickly devolve into I don’t have it together, I’ll never make anything happen.
Self-doubt, fear of failure or rejection, negative self-talk, beating ourselves up, tearing ourselves apart.
Nobody has it together, we’re all a beautiful mess, you know?
We all wake up with sleep lines on our faces and crusties in our eyes.
We all leave dishes unwashed and laundry sitting in a pile. (And we all do the sniff test from time-to-time.)
We all lose our tempers and snap at our partners, kids, lovers, friends, parents.
We all forget to respond to emails or pick things up at the store.
We all feel grumpy and whiny and pissy and PMS-y sometimes.
We all get runs in stockings or miss a row of hair when we shave our legs.
We are all gorgeous, vibrantly, vitally human.
Your essence, the root of who you are, allows you to shine so brightly.
Just let yourself shine, love.
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