On Monday I posted 15 things that I loved about myself. When I did, being the inactive me that I am I thought it would be a fun way to get to know some of you Smackers better so I challenged you to do the same. To be honest with you, the response to this was a little shocking and overwhelming.
I received several comments, but I received more emails than I did comments. Some positive and some that hurt my heart. I didn't receive any hate emails, simmer down and don't get your panties in a wad. I received emails telling me how much they liked my post, and how they wish they could be "like me." Then they would go on to say that they couldn't come up with even a few things to list about themselves that they liked, let alone 15 that they loved. I had one that told me she didn't love anything about herself.
Smackers, that hurts my truly heart. Everyone in this world deserves to be happy. Everyone deserves to know that they are special. EVERYONE DESERVES TO BE LOVED, especially by themselves!
I want to highlight the gals who accepted my challenge. Each and everyone of them shared personal things, and then commented about how freeing the whole exercise of writing them down was. I wouldn't steer you wrong Smackers! It really is something you should do for yourself. If you don't share with us, that's fine. Just do it for you. It can be silly, crazy, grumpy, whatever, but write it out and tell yourself, that's me and I'm o.k. with that. All those things make you who you are.
One of my bb chat girls asked if I was going to make this a weekly thing. I thought what a great idea. I certainly couldn't expect that. However, I am committed to finding a way to share things about myself, challenge others to do the same, and hopefully inspire some self esteem in there somewhere. I'm not sure yet what we will do or even how we will do it, but, if I can help or inspire even one woman, man or child to feel better about who they are, then I will sleep happy at night.
Slacker Mom over at Diary of a Slacker Mom shared her list.
Hillbilly Duhn over at Hillbilly Duhn's Times & Tribulations shared her list.
Dee over at Homesick Cajun shared her list. (it's below the post-it notes.)
Buffee over at the Truth According to Buffee shared her list.
Stephanie who lives in The Blue Zoo shared her list.
Shell from Things I Can't Say shared her list in the comments of my original post! I really LOVE that!
I have had several more of you tell me you were working on yours. I will link you up next week.
Please go visit and show the ladies above that they are BEAUTIFUL!
I know that society tells us we should all be a certain way, this is beauty, that is not. I tell you this Smackers, I see beauty everywhere I look. It's the differences that make us beautiful. It's the differences that make us SPECIAL.
If you have never seen the video that goes with Beautiful by Christina Aguilera I have included it below. The words to the song are powerful and move me no matter how many times I hear them.
Happy Weekend Smackers!