Have you ever noticed how we are quick to make mental lists of ALL the things we perceive wrong with ourselves?! What if instead we made a list of all the things we DO love...as well as WHY to love the body part or health condition you may find most frustrating?! Or a part of yourself that has not been shown love...that you criticize and compare.
I have learned over the years to truly honor, respect, and love deeply all aspects of myself....even and especially the parts that I use to compare or judge or cringe at. I have learned to love myself fully. I have learned to love myself so well that I now hardly remember the parts that have always been honored and the parts that use to be disrespected.
What if you took a moment during this last week of October, the last week of the awareness month, and wrote yourself a self care letter. A love letter!
Let me help you get ideas with my own love letter :-).....
Dear self...dear Kelly!
I love how my hair has wispy curls around my temples.
I love how my eyelashes are so long they scrape my glasses.
I love how my shoulders are strong enough to help a friend sand a dresser by holding a sanding machine for four hours straight.
I love how my hips are firm, full of amazing strongly built muscle to hold me upright and ensure I can bend down to pick up my newspaper each morning.
I love how when I am sitting cross-legged I can look down to see the flesh formed around my knees and appreciate the muscle that took a great deal of work to build up to support my knees, to be strong, so I can run, jump, and lift with ease.
I love the flatness of my feet. It allows me to walk around barefoot most of my day with no pains or aches.
I love being vertically challenged. At 5 feet 1 inch I can play hide and seek with my daughter and still crawl into places she doesn't expect me to hide.
I love how a hat frames my face just the right way.
I love how feminine a long skirt and simple shirt makes me feel.
I love how my thyroid reminds me to speak up in matters of importance...especially about self care!
I love how my adrenals communicate to me, my need for sleep and slower days.
I love how my insulin reminds me to think before I eat.
I love how my body desires to be strong and healthy; to glorify God not self! It communicates to me how I need to move each day and in what way is most healing for a mind body soul experience, not about aesthetics.
I love how the veins on my arms make it easy to donate blood.
I love how the fluid in my legs remind me to sit down and relax or better yet go take a bath!!!
I love how the random wiry hairs on my face remind me to keep my hormones balanced.
I love the roundness of my face. How it is able to express th amazing joy I feel for my amazing life.
Finally...self...I love you for you!
Always in my prayers...many blessings...
PS...now I dare you to write your own love letter list. I dare you to not smile as you find yourself appreciating and respecting the amazing you rather then comparing and condemning. I dare you to love you. I dare you to love the life you're living!!!!