My two year old granddaughter thinks she is hot stuff! Ryleigh is a happy little girl, watches everyone with big, curious eyes, loves jumping and has more energy than 3 adults. She is stubborn when she wants something, like water in 4 different cups, or doesn’t want something, like taking a nap. Ryleigh knows what she wants and tells us all about it.
Ryleigh accepts and loves herself just as she is. She doesn’t beat around the bush, worry what people think or ask permission for what she wants. I never hear her judge or complain about her body, her looks, how big her thighs are, which, by the way, are pretty dang cute! Ryleigh wakes up knowing that she’s perfect just the way she is!
By being themselves and believing they are hot stuff, children show us how to love and accept ourselves every day. They are great role models for reminding us that we are worthy of being loved, no matter what we look like, no matter our weight, no matter our circumstances. We are worthy of being loved first by our own self, then by others.
I found that accepting and loving myself just as I am happens in layers; it starts with one topic at a time. For instance, I used to be embarrassed about how long and skinny my legs are. But, since I can’t do anything about that, I eventually learned to accept and love them just as they are. I’ve almost stopped complaining about some of my body parts and am learning to look at myself from a child’s point of view. Children are much wiser than we give them credit for and have much to teach us. They demonstrate that loving and accepting themselves can be easy because they don’t worry about meeting the standards of other people.
Truthfully, loving and accepting yourself is all just a mindset. It takes thinking and looking at yourself in a different light, from a different viewpoint. It takes changing your beliefs about how one should look, should dress, should act. As you let go of the beliefs that were instilled in you by well-meaning parents, teachers, siblings and society, you will be more accepting and less judgmental of yourself and of others.
The next time you are around children look at them as masters of loving and accepting themselves, teachers you can learn from. Pay attention to what they show you and really listen to what they say. Look at yourself from a child’s perspective and before long you will know that you are hot stuff too!
We are hot stuff!
Hugs and Love,
Divine Master Mind™