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.
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?