It has everything to do with our thoughts!
Thoughts are only words strung together, and they have no meaning unless we give meaning to them!
Think about it…If I repeatedly told you, “You have ugly purple skin, you have ugly purple skin!” would you believe me? No, you would think I were crazy and rightfully tell me to get lost. Well, some of our old beliefs about ourselves (as well as new and ongoing beliefs) are just as crazy as that! Part of self-acceptance and honoring your “Uniquely You” is releasing other people’s opinions about you.
Sometimes our opinions of what is wrong with us, is just our uniqueness, our individuality! People judge us and tell us we are wrong, just because we are different from them. WOW…is that silly or what!?!? People’s opinions become our thoughts…so dangerous!
Nature never repeats itself! There are no two snowflakes alike, no two flowers alike, and no two people alike. Our fingerprints are unique, our DNA is our own, and we are each distinctive! We were made to be different. We are to celebrate our differences!
Can you just imagine if we all thought the same, looked the same, believed the same, talked the same, ate the same…what an incredibly boring life we would lead. We get to learn from the various people we encounter, if we allow it! We get to stretch our minds and get new perspectives on topics, if we allow it! We get to try new foods, learn fresh skills, and expand our minds…if we allow it! How fun is that!?
We need to recognize when we are thinking and believing negative thoughts about ourselves. That is so toxic and destructive! When we think bad things about ourselves, two awful things happen:
1) We start thinking ugly things about other people.
2) We believe these awful things, and it bleeds into all areas of our lives…and into our future!
Here is a wise approach, one that I try to remember and practice. See if you can follow this chain of events and realize the outcome:
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words;
Keep your words positive, because your words become your actions;
Keep your actions positive, because your actions become your habits;
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values;
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.”
-Dr. Peter Johnson
This week, let’s all try to clean up our thoughts. When those ugly thoughts about ourselves come to mind…let’s stamp them out with positive, healthy thoughts.
An ugly example: “I am so fat!” Let’s replace that with, “My body is perfect. I am working each day to become a healthier me!”
I guarantee that if your thoughts become more loving and less critical about yourself, they will become more loving and less critical of others.
This week, let’s Celebrate our differences and practice Enjoying being Uniquely You!