Be Shiny in a Sea of Fishes – Mermaids and Thoreau, Part 2
“Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of
who you should be.” ~Henry David Thoreau
Today was part two of the series to show the second step in the process as well as discuss the second part of the quote which deals with self-acceptance. Being yourself means having the courage to accept yourself. It means having the courage to understand that you are a particular set of characteristics and no matter what you do, there will be a few things that will never be you. And that is ok because you are enough.
How can you begin to cultivate self-acceptance.
Set an intention
Setting an intention is not the same as setting a goal for yourself. An intention focuses on what is of most value to you in the now, as opposed to a goal, which is directed toward a future outcome.
Say to yourself
“I accept where I am today without judgment.”
Celebrate your strengths
So many of us are are much better collectors of our shortcomings than our strengths. We go over in our mind everything we think is wrong with ourselves. Instead of this negative process, turn it around and begin to celebrate your strengths. Think about what you have accomplished and what you are good at to build a solid foundation of who you are deep inside. Once you clear away the negative thoughts you can begin to see you as others see you. Think of it this way:
Clear away the weeds and the path is seen.
Consider the people around you
What kinds of people do you surround yourself with? Do they uplift you? Encourage you? Or is their negativity pulling you down? You can still love and accept them, but distance yourself from people who bring you down or at least begin to set limits. Surround yourself with people who accept you and believe in you. Surrounding yourself with like minded positive people can help you turn around your own negative thoughts.
Self-acceptance is the ability to unconditionally value all parts of yourself. This means that you value the good parts as well as the parts that you think need improvement. Knowing yourself , accepting yourself, and setting an intention to continue to grow and learn will help you be the beautiful individual you truly are inside.
You cannot be everything. You don’t have to be everything.
You simply have to be you. And that is enough.
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