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This post is inspired by Kirby’s blog which you can check out here if you haven’t already! I recently discovered her blog through the folks from Blimey Cow and I love it. Kirby’s blog now serves as my regular pick-me-up if I am having a bad day. Check out her original post Three Things You Love About Yourself if you have not already.
1. My smile. Kirby was right when she predicted this would be the most difficult part of this challenge! To be honest, I can be really self-conscience about my smile because I never had braces and my teeth are kind of crooked. But I always get complimented on my smile, how bright and happy it is, etc. At first I thought people just said that to be nice and then I realized that they were complimenting my smile, not my teeth. I realized that people did not appreciate the fact that I had perfectly straight, whitened teeth, but they appreciated the fact that I was willing to smile and be happy and spread a little joy into their day. And that is an attractive quality in anyone, orthodontia or not!
2. I love serving my youth group. For the past couple of years I have served as the treasurer for my church denomination’s Midwest youth organization. Last year I was in charge of planning our youth organization’s annual winter retreat. It took me a little longer to get into the planning side of things, but as soon as I got a system down and started working out all of the nuts and bolts of the event, I started really enjoying myself! The best part was seeing my labors (and all the work of my fellow officers, our sponsors, and the local church congregation that hosted the event) come to fruition in a successful, fun, organized, and edifying event. I want to focus on that word organized because I have never thought of myself as an organized person and yet that is the word I heard repeated in praise over and over that week. The event was well-organized, I was well-organized (for the most part) and I felt completely in my element doing whatever I could that weekend to make the retreat a success, whether it was helping the cooks in the kitchen, hanging out with retreat attendees, communicating schedules and activities, etc.
3. I love acting. I landed my first lead role last summer in a Shakespeare in the Park production of Othello. At first I was terrified, because I had a lot of lines to memorize and it was Shakespeare! But then the lines began to come quickly and not just the lines but the interpretation. Not only could I easily recite all my lines, but I understood them and was easily able to step into character (it kind of helped that Desdemona was a bit of a type-cast for me). I was afraid that I would get too nervous to perform on stage, but my performance on the stage felt as natural as memorizing the lines! I still have a lot to learn, but acting always feels so natural and comfortable for me.
This was a lot more difficult to write than I anticipated. When I think about it, I probably spend more time self-deprecating myself than actually being kind and being a friend to myself. I have noticed that when I am the most negative about myself, that is when I tend to be more negative and judgmental of others. Suddenly everything turns into a comparison game in an effort to keep my delicate self-esteem intact. Out of all the worthwhile things I could be setting my mind on, self-deprecation is not one of them. In a way, tearing ourselves down is a form of slandering ourselves. It may be true that my body is not perfectly proportioned, my face is not completely symmetrical, and my teeth are not Crest-whitened orthodontia-straight. But when was that a bad thing? When did that become a reason to hate myself? It never, ever is.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” Philippians 4:8
What are three things you love about yourself? I would love to hear your stories. Let's spread the love this Valentine's Day!
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