So, let me ask. When was the last time you really appreciated you?
Oh, sure—if you’re anything like me, you probably glance at yourself in a mirror every morning while brushing your teeth or your hair. You’re probably in a rush to go wherever—and one of the last things you notice is that new wrinkle, gray hair, or blemish. Then you dash off, perhaps wishing you were a little taller, better looking, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. This is because most of us tend to look at ourselves with an overly critical eye—and we are, quite often, our own worst critics.
To be sure, advertising, popular culture, and the mainstream media have conditioned us to feel that way. They do their best to run us down, making us painfully aware of our limitations and differences. Unfortunately, that’s how many of them make their fortunes—by capitalizing on our insecurities. Through them we’re constantly told how we should look, what we should wear, how we should act, and even what we should think. In subtle—and sometimes not so subtle ways, they tell us we need to be ashamed of ourselves for being who we are. But is that really right? Should we feel badly about ourselves–just because we don’t conform with someone else’s idea of perfection?
The Truth is that you are perfect—just the way you are! You are a wonderfully unique being and a divinely inspired work of art. The things you most likely see as “flaws” really aren’t. They’re the very special differences that make you—well, you. It’s because of these differences that you’re delightfully different from every other person, every other creature, and every other being in the infinite vastness of All-That-Is.
So the next time you see yourself in a mirror, look at yourself in an entirely new way and smile! See yourself as I and many others see you—a brilliantly beautiful human being. Take a moment to love yourself just for being you. Finally, accept, appreciate, and embrace all the things that make you special and different—because you’re “perfectly imperfect”. You truly are one of a kind!
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