Why does it always feel like the holidays are some kind of competition? A contest to see who is charitable enough, who is good enough, who has enough money and time to be the best gift-giver or receiver out there? But the fact is this: you don’t have a thing to prove. Do as much as you’re able, and if you give from your heart, be satisfied. The people who matter will already love you, and you deserve that love. Let it in.
There are a lot of days when you will wake up and say,
“I think I’m really awesome, and I’ll love myself today.”
But there are just as many nights when you’re lying on your back,
Determined you’re a waste of space and a super-duper sad sack.
These are the times when you have to make a list
Of all the things your inner critic overlooked and missed.
Like how good your hair looks when you blow it dry,
Or how easy it is to bake a cake, like you don’t even have to try.
Then there’s your awesome penmanship, the way you write your name,
Or your collection of books or trinkets – no two are the same!
How about the way your dog looks when you get home from work?
Or how when you meow at her, your cat’s ears always perk?
Don’t forget all the kudos and compliments people give you,
Refer back to them frequently — see, there are more than a few.
You are really awesome, you deserve your own love and care.
Take it out of your day right now. Come on, that’s a dare!