|Look in the mirror (1)|
Ms. Hay says that about the 28th day, something wonderful happens. The view you see changes. The voices fade. I have no idea if it's true, but since it's both free and relatively easy, it seemed that it was a positive and affirming thing to do.
I started last night. As I got ready for bed, I popped in for my nightly routine in the bathroom. I stuck up my little card with the words written in purple sharpie. My mirror is small, so I taped it to the wall at my eye level. I steeled myself, because these kinds of things are never all that comfortable.
|Look into your own eyes (2)|
That was different, though. I was looking into the eyes of people who were there to hold me up. There isn't much point in dragging down fellow Seminarians, after all. You're there to support one another. I am my own worst critic, though, and the thought of having to look myself in the eyes made me shiver. I did it, however.
|It's not comfortable (3)|
This morning, I repeated the exercise. I'll continue to do so twice a day for 30 days, and see what happens. I don't believe the blessed silence lasted much past the two second mark this morning, either, but I knew I was resolved to do it and it had an energy to it that last night's practice did not.
I encourage you to join me in 30 days of self-appreciation. Remember that accepting yourself unconditionally doesn't mean you can't be aware of flaws that need to be improved on. I know I need to lose weight, and I accept that. It doesn't mean I have to like myself or accept myself any less right now, though. So, do you think you can make it through 30 days of this?
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