A few weeks ago, my daughter brought home her school pictures. After asking to look at them, she reluctantly let me take a look. She immediately started pointing out all the things she didn’t like—the hair that was out of place, the hand that looked like she only had 3 fingers, the lips that were chapped, the eye that was slightly “squinty” and the clothes that were not the “perfect” outfit. I quickly assured her that she had taken a great picture showcasing her smile and she looked fine.
Just as my daughter rushed to identify each and every imperfection, we too, find ourselves focusing on what we perceive as not perfect. We are conditioned to magnify the negative and overlook the positive.
What if we began to condition ourselves to illuminate the positive and not dwell on the things that are imperfect? What if we focused on the positive qualities of others and not their weaknesses? What if we focused on the beautiful qualities within our world and not so much on the effects of evil-hearted people?
What if we looked past the imperfections?
Would we be more confident?
More at peace?
Would our world be a better place?
Allow yourself today to mediate on 3 or 4 of your positive qualities and strengths. How can you continue to shine in those areas and bring light to those around you? Don’t allow your imperfections to stop your progress. Embrace the uniqueness of who you are and what you have to offer the world!
~Coletta Jones Patterson
*Coletta is an author, business executive, life/business coach and speaker who is passionate about helping others go beyond stuck. Her latest book, “Beyond Stuck: Creating the Life You Want” is available on Amazon.com. Connect with Coletta at firstname.lastname@example.org.