“Kindness is a language we all understand. Even the blind can see it and the deaf can hear it.”
How do you spread kindness? How do you encourage others to reach their full potential? When was the last time you were encouraged, thanked, appreciated, or acknowledged?
If you have been acknowledged recently those around you probably haven’t been either. What a great way to start a trend – acknowledge those around you and see what happens. Brighten their day to brighten yours!
You are important.
You make a difference.
Those are affirmations that you can say to yourself everyday.
Susan Jeffers writes about affirmations in this little book. It is a great place to start thinking about what you can be.
Affirmations start with our attitudes about others and ourselves. I was reminded that self-talk/affirmations played an important role during the Holocaust. Viktor Frankl wrote, “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” (Frankl, “Man’s search for meaning”, p. 86).
Attitude is about choice, a choice we make, and a choice that is shaped by our affirmations.
“Let a person rejoice when he is confronted with obstacles, for it means that he has reached the end of some particular line of indifference or folly, and is now called upon to summon up all his energy and intelligence in order to extricate himself, and to find a better way; that the powers within him are crying out for greater freedom, for enlarged exercise and scope.” -James Allen
Fear of the unknown stops many people right where they are. The next step isn’t taken because of fear. The footprints stop and then reverse direction when fear overtakes the senses.
How do you live a fear less life? How can you face your fears and melt them down (not necessarily away).
Marianne Williamson wrote, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
What if you replaced the negative thoughts with positive affirmations? “I am powerful” – say that – say it a few times. “I am powerful.”
Start today, replace fear with your power.
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