Li'l Pears of Sunshine: Frost Your Words With Kindness
Frost Your Words With Kindness……ESPECIALLY to yourself!
Why is it we can be so kind and encouraging to friends, family, and even those we’ve just met, yet be so brutal and hard on ourselves? We put ourselves down for what we perceive as not good enough, for not measuring up, being like "everyone else," or being who we think we SHOULD be rather than happily enjoying and reminding ourselves of the wonderful, unique, amazing person we actually are.
The concept for this whole series began because I slowly (very slowly) started to recognize this constant, negative dialogue I had with myself. I started practicing mindfulness, using a simple phrase to pull myself back when I caught myself immersed in that negative thought/overthinking spiral…"Bring it on back, Sunshine," in a gentle voice--as in bring your focus on back to the blessings right in front of you.
My dad used to call us Sunshine as an endearment when we were kids (and even now sometimes😁) and always with a big smile on his face. It made me feel happy and special, making it the perfect, positive reinforcement I need to remind myself. And it honestly worked. Yes, it was a slow process, and I’m still working on it--but I actually get proud of myself now because I catch the negative patterns so much sooner, switch them out, and focus on all the blessings in my life that show me positivity really is a far better path. So, frost your words with kindness, Sunshine, and remember to show YOURSELF the same love and encouragement you so generously give to others.
Peace, joy, and creativity,