|the chicken who laid this ginormous egg should be very proud|
Most people appreciate feeling appreciated. It feels good to hear reinforcing words about something worthwhile we've done.
Most of us heard more of this when we were younger. We valued positive notice from authorities: parents, then teachers, maybe bosses. But as adults we have less opportunity for others to have that sort of authority. And of course, sadly, some folks didn't even get much of that positive attention as children. We need to become our own kind authority, taking notice of where we've made a good effort.
|i was proud because i ate some|
food that day (long story)
maybe that's why i am yellow
I could go on about this a long time. I will refrain. Short answer: affirmations can be very helpful when they are based in reality. "This is a hard time and I have gotten through hard times before. I have strengths and resources that I can use to change things". That's a reasonable affirmation.
But this is a tangent, so back to the task at hand:
Do something today that makes you rightfully proud.
By proud, I mean that you take a reasonable risk in some way to change something for the better.
Maybe you, a shy person, speak up at a meeting, or ask that cute other single person for coffee, or speak up when someone tells a racist or homophobic joke.
|bravely eaten food (required military support)|
|proud to make bad art|
Maybe it's as little as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or turning down the second brownie. Maybe it's as big as telling that person you love that you really do love them, or asking for a raise, or refusing to be abused in a relationship.
|proud to participate in davinci mask making|
|proud to have helped mani|
We're coming to the end of the January Challenges. I will be sad and relieved to see it stop. If you are interested, join the facebook group and there will be occasional homework posted there throughout the year, but this everyday thing-- huh-uh. We be through with that very very soon.
If you have a challenge you want to get in, now's the time to let me know. You can message, email, leave info on my answering machine. I've really appreacited those of you that have played along and contacted me with your stories.
See you tomorrow. Go make yourself proud. I will get a jump start by saying I got this blog done, even though I wanted to go read a book in bed! And now I will proudly engage in prodental activity WITH FLOSSING, even though I'm tempted to skip.