Be the change you want to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi
There are many people in my life, who for whatever reason, cannot seem to see their own beauty. They are very hard on themselves, working tirelessly to live up to some image they hold of themselves. I hear them start their sentences with such phrases as:
“I wish I was…”
“If only I could…”
“If I was more…”
…then I would be happy, then I would find peace.
And I look at them, bewildered, wondering why they don’t see how wonderful they are, wondering why they beat themselves up over things that don’t define them. I know the impact these people have had on my life and I wish they could see it. I wish they could see themselves through my eyes.
The problem is I do this to myself. So how can I expect these people to change if I am not willing to do the same. I see myself in my friends when they refuse to acknowledge their greatness and I understand why others get frustrated with me.
So what would my life look like if I just stopped. Stopped complaining about my weaknesses, stopped focusing on my faults and instead celebrated my strengths. What would my relationships with other people look like if I chose to be a little kinder and gentler with myself.
In the interest of being a guiding light to all my friends who cannot see their own beauty, I am willing to make a sacrifice. I am willing to give up the self-flagellation, I am willing to give up the constant stream of negativity directed toward myself. And hopefully, I will create the change I would love to see in the people who mean so much to me.