As the month of April is drawing to an end, I would like to reflect on what we’ve achieved and how appreciating others and ourselves has helped us become better humans.
Firstly, it takes great strength to zoom into our flaws and compliment one another. Especially as we are scared of what others may think of us, or if it is actually true. We just like to be in our own world and just be comfortable. And that is okay, but a little act of kindness or compliment can go a long way.
We don’t know the battles that others are facing. And as true as it is, sometimes a compliment is all they need. But, we can’t always put ourselves in each other’s shoes. And we can’t always tell the intentions of others. What we can do is make sure that our side of the world is full of positivity and pours out love. Everyone deserves to be love.
Especially ourselves. We are our biggest critic and sometimes, our biggest enemy. magnifying things and pointing at each bit of crack you see. Without appreciating the healing and the journey you’ve gone through to see those cracks. In short, the love we have for ourselves will reflect onto others. But there’s a difference between self-love and selfishness. And understanding the line between them is important.
Self-love is defined as regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.
Selfishness is defined as the quality or state of being selfish; lack of consideration for other people.
By giving ourselves more self-love we can boost our own level of happiness and satisfaction in life because we love ourselves with all our flaws and weaknesses.
So as Appreciation April is drawing to an end, remember to love yourself and love others
While I was reading a devotion, I came across something that made me think. It said:
Did you know that your level of gratitude could have a direct effect on your attitude? What are you thankful for?
Some people are like thermometers; always alerting us when things aren’t right, and constantly a victim to the “temperature” in the room … which is never perfect. But others are more like thermostats. These people determine the temperature in the room. Their words, actions, and even their thoughts set the atmosphere. Which one are you?
Am I a thermometer? have I been one in the past? how grateful am I for what I have? you can imagine the number of questions that came to my mind. I then realised how we take so many things for granted and don’t realise how we affect others and how our perception of the world can be tainted through ingratitude.
Yes, we’ve all been through difficulties and storms but, we are still here!
In this month of appreciation April, I would like to appreciate those who are thermostats in our lives and add to it in wonderful ways. Not only do they boost and add light to us, but they also remind us of the good in this world. Such people are precious and rare.
I will leave you with the exact questions above. If you are a thermometer, maybe look for ways to change that or understand what triggers that side of you. We are not perfect but, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t become the best versions of ourselves.