We've all heard the analogy of the airplane oxygen mask.
You know how it goes. Before helping someone else put theirs on, you need to put yours on first. The connection being that before you help others you need to help yourself.
Well, I recently read a post on Medium by Sachin Sharma (check it out HERE) that follows the oxygen mask analogy but in a different way. Sharma says, "When you show yourself appreciation you are nurturing the relationship you have with yourself and this affects all areas of your life."
In essence, when we show appreciation for ourselves, we can then show more appreciation toward others. At the end of his piece, Sharma has a call to action for each of us to do as he does. He writes down five or more things he loves about himself daily. It helps us to reflect on what we like about ourselves, and then in turn, we can spread those attributes to others through our actions.
In the spirit of Sharma's call to action, I give you five things I love about myself today and my reasons for them:
1. Today I love my sincerity - I had the opportunity to catch up with two of my former students, and I was genuine when I asked what was new with them. I really wanted to know.
2. Today I love that I love to listen - for the same reason as above.
3. Today I love being in tune with my health - I have a monster headache and will stretch and do yoga rather than pushing it at the gym. I know when to take a step back, and I'm grateful for that.
4. Today I love being kind to myself - I just started back to the gym yesterday and vowed that I would go again today. When I have a headache, I know going to the gym would not be the best decision of self-care for me. I could easily beat myself up for not going, but I choose kindness instead.
5. Today I love being independent - I enjoy doing my own thing whether it's reading, writing, or doing some work around the house. I enjoy doing things on my own.
Here's my call to action to you: Give this a try. It was more challenging to me than I thought it would be. It's hard to focus on yourself, because it feels kind of awkward and egotistical. However, that's not what the exercise is all about. When we focus on what we love about ourselves, we can then in turn focus it upon others and spread the positive vibes.
BONUS call to action: If you want to read more Sachin Sharma, check out his website at www.spoonofconsciousness.com.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.