LOVE and accept yourself as you are right now – not how you’ll be next week or in six months, or when you loose weight, get fit, or if you were thinner, prettier, smarter, richer, sexier… But how you are NOW, today, in this moment.
Too often we look toward the FUTURE and dwell on the past instead of living in the moment. Remember that God and the Universe made you and love you unconditionally, exactly the way you are today. God doesn’t care that you’re carrying extra weight or that you’re not making a six-figure salary. He does care that you’re happy and loving your life and LIVING it to the best of your ability every moment of every day.
I recall a moment many years ago when I was standing in for my sister and took my niece to her swim class. It was parent’s day but I didn’t get the memo so didn’t bring a bathing suit with me. The other moms did get the memo but chose not to participate because they were self-conscious wearing a bathing suit in front of each other. I watched a group of disappointed children (with the exception of one boy who’s mom jumped in the pool which her child) and wondered what message they were learning about self-image.
Something came to me while sitting there with the other moms – most people won’t judge you in your bathing suit because most people are so preoccupied with how they look and are worrying about what others are thinking that they don’t have time to see and judge you. And, at the end of the day, what’s more important? Caring what other people think about you or having fun with your loved one?
Do you know who people notice? The one who walks by with their head held high and self-confidence radiating from within. They look good no matter their size or what they’re wearing because they love who they are and it shows.
I remember hearing somebody say: “It’s none of your business what other people think of you” and I find that comment so refreshing because it’s so true. You can’t live up to everyone’s expectations and ideals of what they feel you should be, but you can live up to the ideals and expectations you and your higher power have set for you. At the end of the day, all that truly matters is how you feel about you.
If there is something in your life that you’re not happy with, change it. If you can’t change it then accept it and move on and remember that true beauty radiates from within.
And love everything about you because you are awesome and so worthy of love!
Are you looking for ways to help you love yourself right now? Louise Hay (the Queen of Positive Affirmations) introduced mirror work, a concept where, at least once a day, you stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eye and say: “I love you (your name), I really love you.”
(For the record, if I had known it was parent’s day, I would have been in that pool swimming my heart out with my precious niece.)