“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” ~ Pablo Casals
Each of us has a sense for or a definition of what makes a successful life; a significant being; a magnificent you. Yet all three have some common denominators: family, community, values, career, relationships, integrity, charity, authenticity, happiness, and personal enjoyment.
It’s fair to say that our primary relationship in life is with ourselves. No one else goes through every experience in life with us. We are our one permanent companion, yet we are often our worst critic. To remind ourselves of our successes, our significance and our magnificence, we can conduct a simple exercise. Let’s call it “Things I like about myself.”
Sans modesty, write down at least five things that you like about yourself. If coming up with five is a challenge, this exercise is going to definitely benefit you. 🙂 Include more than just physical attributes on your list since your body is only part of who you are. If you’re really stuck, think about what you like about your favorite people, because their traits could well be qualities you possess too.
If you need a hint or a clue, watch this video…
Think about the qualities exhibited in the story. Is there something therein that resonates with you? Something you see in yourself?
Stick with this process for a full week, thinking of (and writing down) five new things you like about yourself every day. At the end of the week, read the list aloud to yourself while standing in front of a mirror. Instead of looking for flaws to fix, allow the mirror to reflect what is significant in and about you. Yes, the thought of standing in front of a mirror and reading might seem silly. Yet it might just bring a smile to your face and change the way you see yourself.
Remember, it is when you feel the most resistant that this exercise can benefit you the most. Because we are constantly looking at the world, instead of looking at ourselves, we don’t often see what’s successful, significant and magnificent about ourselves.
When you take the time to experience yourself the way you love and admire others, you become your best companion and supporter on life’s journey.