Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Loving Ourselves

 Loving Ourselves

A wise woman once told me to write down everything I like about myself.  She said I should keep it handy for times of self-doubt or low self-esteem.  I initially thought it sounded like a very narcissistic exercise.  Having been raised Catholic, I was taught to not focus on self, but on service to others.  Highlighting my assets didn’t fit well with this humble, servile attitude promoted in my youth.   But then I took the challenge, picked up my pen and began writing.  It was everything she promised.  I found my list growing by the minute and my spirits lifting as I contemplated this list of traits penned so neatly in front of me. 

So, I’m putting forth this challenge to everyone who reads this.  What do you like about yourself?  Write it down and then keep it in a drawer, your purse, your pocket or your wallet.  Pull it out on those bad days when it feels like the world is conspiring against you. 

Here are just a few of the things I like about myself:

I am
a good listener,
a good friend,
a decent giver of advice,
have a sensitive spirit,
and a forgiving nature,
am open to diverse viewpoints,
and I’m funny (sometimes),
mostly when I’m not trying to be,
and I’m a good writer.

Gee that felt good.  Why don’t you give it a try?


  1. After reading your list I think that anyone would add to your attributes the rare quality of "an ability to see oneself honestly." Is that introspection, self-judgment? Whatever it's called, it's surely a great blessing and also, sometimes, a burden no doubt. In any case, I'll be looking more at attributes today -- mine and others.

  2. One item for my list:

    *I like that I like reading Embracing Epiphanies

  3. Thank you for your kind words. You would both have a very lengthy list of positive attributes. You each bring a beautiful presence to every situation.

  4. Don't forget generous and comforting to be around and creative and fiercely dedicated to your large and greatful family!

  5. Thanks, Shan! I do love this great family of ours, that is for sure.

  6. You left off your incredible talent for making beautiful useful things: picture boards, wedding invitations, programs. You left off creativity with all the wonderful craft projects for yourself (which you generously give to others) and for children to make. You left off poet. I LOVE the poems and they seem to flow so easily. You left off being the best sister anyone could hope for.

    And that's just a start. I liked this post. Love you!

  7. Thank you for your kind words, Libby. Enjoy making a lengthy list for yourself.:-) You are cherished by all of us.