Hello Gold Star Revolution Squad!
The topic of this post has been on my mind a lot these days, in part because of something that I came across recently. I am part of a very large private group of female friends on Facebook. Last week, the person who runs the group posted this question in big, bright letters: What makes you awesome?
This Facebook group is super active, and posts tend to get numerous responses regardless of the topic. This question, however, received a measly 2!! responses.
And neither of the responses really answered the question. One woman said, "Such a good question! I need to think on it." The only other responder said, "My friends and great clients." So she totally deflected the question and made the answer about something other than herself.
It made me feel sad and even angry to read that post and those responses. I kept going back to see if anyone else would respond, but no one did.
I didn't respond either, but it was only because I couldn't step back and get enough emotional distance from the post. I just wanted to give a lecture to the other group members about how they should appreciate themselves more!!!
As I mentioned when I gave myself the very first Star of the Week award, we simply don’t go around talking about how wonderful we are on a regular basis (or even on an occasional basis!). Other people and society in general often consider this to be rude, arrogant, fawning over yourself, selfish, etc.
But it’s time to change that perception! Appreciating yourself is not only okay, it’s necessary if we want to have a healthy, thriving community and planet. When you appreciate yourself, you start showing up as your best self in every aspect of your life. Appreciating yourself will also make it so much easier to appreciate others, I guarantee it!
So please join me today by appreciating yourself for all of the wonderful things that you do and for all of the great qualities that you have!
Here are some of the traits and qualities that I appreciate the most in myself:
The number one thing that makes me awesome is that I love to laugh! I love to act silly and have fun, and if you do too, you will forever have a special place in my heart!
I am a good organizer and planner. I have a special talent for planning vacation trips.
I enjoy giving people my full attention when I listen to them, and I think I have pretty decent powers of perception and insight.
I have a memory for details – although I certainly don’t have a photographic memory, I can remember people’s birthdays, anniversaries, and other special dates relatively easily.
Similarly, I am a thoughtful, caring person who sends cards, texts, and presents to those who are closest to me on their special occasions. I have a big heart with a lot of love to give. I care a lot about the happiness of my friends and family, and I do what I can to help bring that happiness about.
Those are just a few of the things that make me awesome! I deserve a gold star, and you do too!! What do you appreciate the most about yourself? You will SO make my day, maybe even my week, if you leave a meaningful, non-deflecting comment in response to this question!!!