Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fitting into the Bigger Picture


I'm a very gracious person.
I'm pleasantly kind, benevolent and courteous.
I am merciful and compassionate.
I genuinely seek to love and understand and learn from other people.
I struggle to find the soft place in my heart that allows me to forgive others.
Even those that have hurt me the most.

Problem is....
I have a very hard time treating myself with the same spirit of grace.
I have lived, since childhood,
with a gnawing sense that I am not enough.
Not pretty enough, not smart enough, not talented enough,
not disciplined enough...not enough.

Now...
I know that's not true. I really know it.
I hold on to spiritual truths that teach me otherwise.
I am loved.
And that constant love from my husband, children, family and friends
teaches me, reminds me and helps me to love myself.

So....
On valentines day I bought myself a present.
I've wanted a cross necklace for several years...but just couldn't find the right one.
When I saw this one ~ well, I knew I had to have it.
With the cross is a mama bird {that's me!}
and a pearl...a kingdom pearl.

Buying myself a present seems insignificant.
But for me, it's a big deal.
It's permission to treat myself as I would treat others.
It's a reminder to live as I am - I am loved.
It's a kindness that I've shown myself.



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12 comments:

  1. What a lovely gift - a well deserved one just for you. It is so pretty.

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  2. That cross necklace is beautiful. A great gift for yourself. I love this

    "It's a reminder to live as I am - I am loved.
    It's a kindness that I've shown myself"

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  3. that is a beautiful necklace & I think it suits you perfectly! ♥

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  4. It is a beautiful necklace that you bought for yourself. Treat yourself with kindness, my friend. You ARE enough! :)

    Alita

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  5. I understand the significance of buying yourself a gift. I so related to what you have written here. And I am sending you a big virtual pat on the back for giving yourself this meaningful and beautiful gift. May the giving be even more gift than the necklace!

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  6. That is so beautiful! The necklace is so pretty too . . .I love the "kingdom pearl" . .. The Pearl of Great Price is one of my favorite scriptures!

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  7. So happy that you did that for yourself. My mom always told me to allow myself those guilty pleasures when I talked myself out of something. She always said that I should surround myself with beautiful things and I will have a happy life. :) Enjoy it my friend!

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  8. Treating our self with the kindness we show others, why is that so hard? I struggle with that too.

    And your necklace is beautiful!

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  9. I've lived with this 'not enough' whisper, too. Something about motherhood has changed my mind...and that necklace is beautiful! I'm glad you found it and went a few extra steps to remind yourself of how perfectly you fit into this life :)

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  10. Awesome. It's such an empowered statement, to buy a gift for yourself. Brava to you.

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  11. beautiful....you said it all!!

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  12. I LOVE that necklace! I've never seen one like it. Hooray for you: buying yourself a gift!
    Wear it in good health.

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