Friday, December 16, 2011
Last night, I attended my brother-in-law's college graduation ceremony. Graduation ceremonies can be long (and boring at some points). But, the silver lining is that they are always filled with a lot of positivity. Words of encouragement and congratulatory speeches flow from the podium and by the end of the night the energy in the auditorium is pulsating with positive thoughts, dreams and accomplishments. I ended up enjoying the event much more than I thought I would. It also got me thinking later on in the night about the words that we say to each other and ourselves. Think about the comments you make to your friends, family and even strangers throughout the day.
"You'll be fine."
"It is what it is."
"You're doing great."
"It's not the end of the world."
"It will be fun."
"Tomorrow is a new day."
"You can do it."
"Everything will work out."
"You're doing the best that you can."
"It's going to be fine."
"Don't be so hard on yourself."
"I love you."
We are so gentle, kind and forgiving with others. But, do we treat ourselves with the same respect and generosity? I know that I have used each of the above phrases with others at least once this week. However, I've probably only said one or two of them to myself (and that's on a good week). This is definitely something I need to work on. Hopefully, if you find yourself in the same situation, you can take some time to be your own best friend.