In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act – Unknown
This month in Journal Into You (my free year-long journaling project) we are looking at the theme of acceptance—more specifically, acceptance of ourselves.
This is something I think most of us struggle with. Even people that seem to have it all, in their own way, struggle to accept parts of themselves and their lives.
We live in a world that teaches us we are not acceptable as we are.
Why is this? Because if we accepted and loved ourselves and our lives, then there would be no profit for the beauty, diet, clothing, lifestyle (etc, etc) industries. Telling you that you have enough and are enough right now doesn’t help them to make money.
Instead, they tell you that you’re flawed and unlovable as you are, but you can fix this if you buy whatever it is they’re selling.
I don’t mean to insult your intelligence by suggesting you’re not aware of this—we all are. But that doesn’t mean we are immune to their clever and insidious marketing. Add to that parents, peers and teachers who let you think you’re not good enough and you’ve got the ultimate recipe for not loving or accepting yourself.
But I’ve got a secret for you: you are lovable right now, just as you are, in this very second.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a little (or a lot) overweight, if your skin isn’t perfect, if your hair isn’t shiny. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the smartest or most talented person around. It doesn’t matter if your house or your job or your relationship isn’t perfect. The mere fact that you exist, as a human being on this planet, means you are lovable and acceptable.
If you think about it, to even consider yourself as not being acceptable is absurd. You exist in this universe: you are alive. This is a fact. Therefore, you must accept yourself. You are here, now. End of story.
Let’s use this month to work on accepting and loving ourselves a little more.
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