Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Confidence is Catching

Ever wonder why it is sometimes hard to feel confident?

Negative messages play a part. We see and hear things that zap our confidence every day.

It's not always easy to be positive when we are surrounded by negatives. Still we can choose a positive outlook. We can look for the good. We can complement others. We can complement ourselves. Why not.

Forgiveness and love are the antidote for judgement. We forgive others when they make mistakes. We love them even when they aren't perfect. Why not forgive ourselves when things go wrong. Let's do our best, and then forgive the rest. Forgive, and move on with confidence and love. Remember, it's okay to love yourself.

Comparing is a big confidence demon. We see others at their best and ourselves at our worst. We try to keep up with the neighbors. We want our yards, our bank accounts, and our children to look like theirs. It's hard to measure up.

Gratitude is the antidote for comparing. Gratitude helps us appreciate what we have. When we are comparing ourselves or our posessions with others we can't enjoy either one. Comparing robs us of peace and joy. When we choose to compare we can never have enough or be enough.

We can be our own worst enemy. We can be demanding and cruel. Judging and competing can destroy our peace and our confidence.

Choose to be positive. Choose joy. Choose confidence. Choose forgiveness. Choose love.

The choice is yours.

Linda Garner

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If We Do It in Elevators...

Are any of you old enough to remember candid camera? It was a funny show in black and white. They caught Americans on camera doing what they do when they think no one is watching. Here's a fun little clip that may surprise you.

Isn't that funny? I hope you laughed.

Made me wonder...

Why do we do it? Why do we follow the crowd? Most of us think that we aren't that worried about what others thing. We are independent. We think for ourselves. We do our own thing. We aren't influenced by peer pressure, are we?

If we do it in elevators...

Linda Garner

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's Okay to be Different

We like to be alike.

I don't know why, but we love to be the same. We were created to be different, but we spend a lot of our time trying to be like everyone else.

"What are you going to wear?" we ask each other. Where did you get that hat, that purse, that lipstick?

We want to fit in. We follow the crowd.

What's wrong with being unique? What's wrong with celebrating our differences? What's wrong with setting a trend instead of following one?

You are amazing. You are one of a kind. No one in the world is exactly like you. Why be the same when you were born to stand out?

Own your identity. Stand in your truth. Love being different.

Be yourself. Only you can do it.

Linda Garner