26 Jun 2012 5 Comments
Bragging. Blowing my own trumpet. Boasting. Do those words and phrases inspire you to shout about and be positive about your great experiences and achievements? NO. So many negative associations come up with these words, but why? Why do most of us find it so hard to talk about the happy, positive things in our lives? Is being miserable somehow more acceptable? Is it that we worry that if we are happy then we might upset the people around us?
Yesterday I read a fantastic blog post by the wonderful Sassy Lisa in the post Lisa fearlessly proclaims “I’m awesome” and do you know what? She really is and she does a great job in helping other people to own their own AWESOMENESS too. I am also reminded of Mama Gena who encourages women to brag about the good stuff. The fantastic group coaching programme that I was recently a part of, run by the fabulous Corrina Gordon-Barnes, also promoted celebration of achievements.
When I read Lisa’s wonderful post I began to think about the fact that recently I had slipped back into not being proud of anything. I had become a misery, a complete victim able to throw the greatest pity party. I thought I’d got over all of that early conditioning. I didn’t think it was OK to shout about my happiness or acknowledge my joy when I was younger….but I DO know better now, so what was going on? Sitting with this issue and feeling the pain in my heart helped me to reconnect. I realised that part of me was ashamed that things hadn’t been going so well for me on some levels recently, I was equating that to my worth. However, I am worthy because I AM, not because I do, or produce, or whatever.
SO, I am back to my supporting practice of daily gratitude lists and blimey, I could fill pages….breathing, my supportive husband, beautiful dog, warm bed, home, countryside, garden, hot running water….so much, so much to celebrate. I really have no need to fear being happy any more.
I invite you to BRAG about the juice in your life. Add some comments, fill these pages with succulence. There really is so much gratitude to shout about. Support your friends and family in being proud of who they are, of their achievements. Provide space for others to blow their own trumpets. Let’s fill our lives with joyful sharing.
Practice self love. Brag.
If you need a gentle daily reminder then take a look at my self-love inspiration cards