Maybe you grew up with a low sense of self-worth.
Maybe affection was withheld except on those occasions when you wore a handsome shirt or a pretty dress, or when you earned an “A” because “a ‘B’ is good, but you can do better.”
Maybe you were labeled “lazy” or “selfish.”
Maybe you started to believe and even repeat those messages to yourself.
Maybe you developed unhealthy coping mechanisms to replace the need for affection or acceptance.
Maybe you started to wish you were different, or someone else entirely, or non-existent.
Maybe you began to hurt yourself, physically or emotionally.
Maybe you learned berate yourself for not being “enough.”
And maybe–just maybe–you are…
Maybe there’s a light in you that feels small.
Maybe that light has big dreams.
Maybe that light knows everything about love and nothing about fear.
Maybe that light wants, needs, to expand…
to be free…
to love freely.
Maybe that light isn’t in you.
Maybe that light is you.
Be your light. Love freely and unapologetically. Love yourself.
May I hold this close to my heart always in dealing with my children and my own inner child. I wish the same for you.Hate and love begin with the self. Break the cycle. Create love.
Your turn! What’s one “memorable message” (negative or positive) you received growing up that has stuck with you into adulthood? Next, what’s one thing you love about yourself?