A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strode through his backyard, baseball cap in place and toting ball and bat. “I’m the greatest baseball player in the world,” he said proudly. Then he tossed the ball in the air, swung and missed. Undaunted, he picked up the ball, threw it into the air and said to himself, “I’m the greatest player ever!” He swung at the ball again, and again he missed. He paused a moment to examine bat and ball carefully. Then once again he threw the ball into the air and said, “I’m the greatest baseball player who ever lived.” He swung the bat hard and again missed the ball.
“Wow!” he exclaimed. “What a pitcher!”
This was a story I’ve read today from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Loving yourself nowadays might seem so hard for us to do. First and foremost we are not little kids anymore, we do not see the world in rose-colored glasses anymore. You see this kid dear reader, he is very resilient. Why does failures need to hold us back? Get back up dear reader and continue the race! Second, we do not proclaim kind words at ourselves anymore. Why is it so hard to tell yourself that you are pretty with no BUTS? I’m pretty but, I’m so sexy but, I’m good but, I’m fine but… stop focusing on your BUTS. Starting today, when you wake up declare something good about yourself. Tell yourself today “Hey look you, you’re so pretty!” Third, he did not compared himself with others. He said that he was the greatest baseball player ever. Stop comparing yourself from others, you are the best you and the worst somebody else. Lastly, he saw an alternative. Nobody’s perfect and the sooner you accept that fact the sooner you are to being perfect. Hmmm, confused? Me too, but it does makes sense! He might have failed at batting the ball be he never failed as a pitcher. See your strength dear reader. May it be that you are square shaped and trying to fit yourself in a circle shaped hole? Stop that dear reader. We all have talents and skills. We are so different from one another. Maybe, you are a great pitcher and you just don’t realize it…
Love yourself dear reader… and smile.