It’s hard not to stop and admire beauty. And thanks to the ubiquitous mobile cameras, it only takes a minute to snap beautiful blooms like the ones below to savour at a later date. Flowers are flowers and we would be silly to compare them and say ‘This one more beautiful than that.’
Beauty, said my favourite poet, is in the eyes of the beholder. I begin to think of how we behold ourselves. Do we think of ourselves as beautiful? And I don’t just mean on the outside – but inside too. How much do we value ourselves? Do we think we’re worth cherishing? Do we think we worth our own time? How often we trample upon our own self-worth by selling ourselves short.
Too often we compare ourselves to others and feel that we’re not good enough. How often we fail to enjoy and savour being our own kind of beautiful.
Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful
After a series of experiences and a lot of self-reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion that negative people should be treated like mosquitoes! You either live with them and get constantly bitten, you get rid of them (yes, there are ways!) or you use a protective mosquito net so they don’t get into your space. Since it’s not always possible to get rid of them (as much as I’d like to!), and I am certainly not going to get bitten, I use a ‘negativity net’. I live in my space and do all I can to make it beautiful.
This brings me to another parallel.
Beautiful street art colours many of the walls in Mumbai. This is an attempt to beautify the area — the creative and cooperative work of several artists. But it is not just beautification alone that they’re working towards. They are safeguarding the walls from rude messages being painted, flyers being stuck and the walls being used as public toilets!
Drawing a parallel between the walls and us, I see how we can make a choice about how to respond to people who misunderstand us (sometimes deliberately!), insult us and generally paint us in a poor light. We can either grumble, curse and lash out at them or we can focus on strengthening ourselves so that whatever they say has no effect on us.
I’ve learned that when negative people are getting me down, I should raise the level of my own positive energy. How do I do that?
1. By focusing on gratitude. Continually being thankful for all I have and all the love I enjoy.
3. Doing what I love most. For me, that’s reading. So the fact that I’ve managed to read over 300 books in two years should tell you how I keep sane. 😉
When you encounter negative people — think of mosquitoes, think of beautiful walls and just be you!
Color your own space, create your own sunshine, make your own magic and be your own kind of beautiful!
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Today I invite you to focus on appreciating and cherishing the beautiful bloom that is YOU.
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