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April 22, 2013

Monday Thoughts for the Week: You are more beautiful than you think you are or allow yourself to feel or see

 Hey everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

I came across this amazing video over the weekend and it (a) had me in tears and (b) helped me realise a deep truth, which I will come onto in a little bit.

I found the video to be so completely human and fragile, where women were asked to describe their features and a complete stranger was also asked to describe the same woman’s features. An artist then drew sketches based on both descriptions. There was such a vast difference between the actual persons description of themselves, which was ultimately quite harsh and critical versus the objective viewpoint of a strangers.

After watching the video, I realised that like a lot of the women in the video, I really am my own worst critic and that I often stand in front of the mirror analysing and focusing on what I believe to be negative flaws. If however I had a friend stand in front of me and ask me what I thought of her, would I ever say some of the things I say to myself to her? The answer is no! 

It got me thinking, why is it that I wouldn’t do that to a friend but I can do it to myself? I believe that it’s because I absolutely love my friends. I appreciate and accept them for who they are. I also can look at them objectively and choose to see the best in them, so unless they highlight a specific flaw to me, I just cant really see it and even then I never think it’s as bad as they are making it out to be.

I believe that we are all inherently beautiful in our own individual way so we need to stop being our own worst critics and instead pick up our pom poms and become our own cheerleader, advocator and best friend.

Oh and that deep truth I mentioned earlier. …well, and I say this with complete humility, the truth is that I am beautiful than I think I am and so are YOU!

So my question for you is this, what is one thing you are choosing to pick up your pom poms for and celebrate about yourself today? Let me know in the comments below.


Embraceurcurves said...

Thanks Segun for sharing.I must say words builds and can also pull down.A goods friend of my once said they way you see youself is different from the way others sees you.My one pom poms of today that will keep loving is my Body which is a size 14.

lotionspotionsandme said...

Thanks so much Olu, you are so right about words either building up or pulling down. I believe we all need to start building ourselves up with the words that we choose to describe ourselves.

Thanks for sharing your pom pons - I'm shaking mine for you too. x

Unknown said...

yep, emotional! such a powerful video! I'm embracing my legs like never before!

Unknown said...

This made me cry
oh wow!

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