I’ve been thinking a lot about empowerment lately. My survivor anniversary just passed, I’m learning about ways to empower Kiddo, and am working on becoming more positive about myself so that I’m the best role model that I can be. While wandering around the grid I found this awesome display set up that I would love to see happen in the real world.
I’m actually thinking of doing a print out version and putting them around Kiddo’s room or mirrors, as a reminder of her strength and character. “Gorgeous, imperfect, worthy, resilient, courageous” were my favorite ones. There were a few others, but I’ve never used words like “exuberant” in my life and don’t plan to start now. *laugh* That’s for other personality types and sooooo far from my vocabulary. Although gorgeous is included, I really love the idea of celebrating beautiful character traits and learning to love those traits, instead of looking in the mirror in hopes that you see the ideal you’ll probably never achieve. That ideal is sometimes such an unhealthy and crippling goal, and usually tears apart our self esteem. I think that’s why I really loved this display and had to share it.
As of today I plan to initiate the concept, at least for myself. With the health issues I have absolutely no control over when my thyroid decides to work or not, or if I have an inflammation, or whatever, so I’m going to stop looking in the mirror and tearing myself down. I’m going to use a dry erase marker on an empty glass picture frame and I’m going to start listing a character trait that I’m proud of or have worked on. I may still put up a version of the display in Kiddo’s room, or I’ll just make it and have it handy, so that I’m not over-decorating her room (I got zinged on that in our profile because we renovated and made her room move-in-ready. They’re concerned that Kiddo won’t feel like it’s really hers, since the room is all ready done. I’m hoping that the updated profile has my addition that we just wanted something neutral ready for her and that she can change it to her heart’s desire. Makes me nervous to do anything else in her room though, I admit.). A loved one reminded me that my journey has made me a strong woman, so I think that will be the trait I start with today.