“If you run out of kind words for yourself stop talking.”
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We’ve all heard the phrase If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.
This concept has served me well over the years when it pertained to other people. It works well — except when eye rolls and our body language betray us.
Turning this idea on ourselves is bit more difficult. It seems impossible to stop our inner critics and an external speaker isn’t necessary to deliver the bad news.
How often do you catch yourself talking to yourself?
How kind or critical are you during these inner dialogues?
What positive triggers can you put in place to send a little more kindness your way?
“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”
—Mary Flannery O’Connor, 20th Century American writer
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To what degree do you see yourself as a work in progress? Where in your world are you in action through daily baby steps (and the occasional giant leap) to realize a better future for yourself and others in your various communities?
Where does the concept of acceptance of yourself and those around you come into play with regard to leading a fulfilling life?
Where might embracing your own humanity and a bit less of the inner critic provide confidence in your potential to be that better version of yourself?
Where would you most benefit from greater self acceptance? In what areas of your life are you most committed to becoming better?
Feel free to reply to this post with your answers to these questions.