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To me, unconditional love was something that was practiced outwardly towards others. It was never an inward practice. I can love myself, as long as I don’t have that extra cupcake or as long as I get my tasks done. I can love myself just fine if I stay the course and don’t get pulled into another direction. When this happens, the enemy of self worth, guilt, steps in and tries to consume me with it’s lies. Trying to make me believe that because I failed, that I’m somehow diminished, that I’ve devalued myself in some way. It’s a lie, and I need to realize this. Unconditional love of myself allows me to break free from guilt and shame. It doesn’t excuse my behavior, it allows me to separate my actions from my self worth. It allows me to learn from my failures without judgment.
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Being brave.. sometimes to me it seems like being brave can be one of the hardest things to be. I look around at others and see amazing things they are doing which takes bravery and question to myself if I could ever be brave enough to try certain things in my own life. I’ve come to realize though that being brave is not nearly as hard as it seems. You know, often times people are in situations that require bravery and what they can’t see is how brave they already are!
*There was the cutest, smiliest, little old man who took himself to a ball game even though he was all alone and had no one to help him make it through the crowds, find his seat, or enjoy the game with. The little old man found a few friends along the way (myself and the people with me) who thought they were looking out for him when in fact he looked out for them and lead the way fast and strong to the parking lot after the game and made sure his friends didn’t get trampled or lost! When you are THAT smiley and doing something you enjoy (when no one else expected you to do it) you can’t help but appear brave and radiant!
*A friend of mine used to struggle a lot with body image issues and an unrealistic perfectionist mindset. Her struggles were kept so quiet and hidden away that it was hard to even assume something was wrong. When she went away to college, she decided to stop hiding and show her true self to her new friends. She told each of them everything.. and do you know what happened? They looked at her as a friend. A friend- not the screwed up version of herself that she constantly saw. What are you silently struggling with today? Be brave. Tell someone. You can do it, you are already so brave!
*A different friend of mine willingly accepted help from others when she was at her worst and would have otherwise harmed herself. Accepting help is not at all a sign of weakness.. Accepting help is brave. So, so brave!
*One other friend of mine hugged her dad. Sounds simple to most, so why am I referring to it as brave? My friend and her dad had not been communicating much at all for a very long time. Somehow my friend worked up the courage to go up to her dad and hug him after not being embraced by him in so long! Slowly but surely after that they were able to start talking more and regain a sense of love that a father and daughter share. Who do you need to reach out to today? What important person are you longing to have back in your life? Go ahead, reach out first and be brave.
Once you realize how brave you truly are, you can start looking at the bravery around you in your friends’ lives and begin to admire them for the strong and beautiful person they are instead of wishing you could be as brave as them. What have you already done that shows how brave you are? Think about it. And, what are you going to do now that you know you are brave!?
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