I am beautiful, no matter what they say, words can’t bring me down

Alive and Aware -  Patti Sliwiany
Alive and Aware –
Patti Sliwiany

Wayne Dyer was once being interviewed by Anthony Robbins. Anthony said that he understood that Wayne had a very difficult childhood. Dr. Dyer said “no,” he really didn’t have a difficult childhood.
His father was abusive and his childhood had everything we would associate with a difficult time, but he didn’t know any different, so for him, it was not a difficult childhood. He certainly did not let anything that happened in his childhood hold him back from making a contribution in the world.
The power of perception
If you tell a kid who has some moles that they are beauty marks, instead of thinking of them as ugly moles, she will believe they are beautiful.
The point is that “we are what we focus on.” We have something happen, and if we are looking at it as a bad thing, then that is what we will always see it as.
For example, say you started a new business; it failed and you struggled and struggled trying to get back on your feet again. You went out to find a job, and you were rejected by one company after another – you just couldn’t get hired, so you kept looking.
Then you finally got hired for your dream job. This dream job provided you with excellent benefits, a great location, and it used your abilities to the maximum. You absolutely love what you do without the stress of being self-employed.
You could look at all this one of two ways. You could always see that as the most miserable time of your life, the time you were rejected and failed, and you could attach all of that to your perception and vision of yourself. You would know yourself as a big loser who just happened to wander into a good job.
Shifting your focus
The other thing you could do is see that as a series of events leading up to one spectacular event that would not have happened otherwise. Which do you think is going to carry you forward in your life in a better way?
The kid with the moles can either look at herself in disgust, embarrassment, and despair (as many young women do their whole bodies), or she can look at her beautiful beauty marks and gracefully carry them all her life, knowing how magnificent she is. It doesn’t change the physical realities – just our perception and focus.
I am not saying that you always have to be optimistic, but the thing is, if you focus on the good, you are always happier.
All of this doesn’t only apply to your self-image; it also has tremendous effects on your interaction, perception, and relationships with others. There are people who search for the bad in other people. It never fails; they peruse others until they find their faults, then they dwell on them.
It is really hard to be perfect, so if anyone looks for something wrong with me, they are going to find it. I can tell you this much: I also have a lot of good in me. If you look for that, you will find that too. I would rather have you looking for my good points than searching for my flaws.
At the same time, I would rather see the good in others than focus on the bad. It makes me feel better about mankind. That is one of the things about gossip too: you just push the bad about others in front of other people instead of focusing on the good. It is multiplying the focus in the wrong direction.
As Peter McWilliams puts it, “Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.”
I will end this with a request that you focus on the good in people – especially the people who you love. Leave behind resentments, leave behind expectations, and just look for what is good. Then, focus on the good in a situation or event.
Then come back and tell me what you see.
Patricia Sliwiany is a board-certified holistic nutritionist and founder of Alive & Aware Holistic Health. Alive & Aware offers workshops, lunch-and-learn series, and three- to 12-month individual or group coaching initiatives for those who want to take charge of their health and prevent disease. To find out which program meets the needs of you or your organization, please visit http://www.aliveandaware.ca, or contact patti@aliveandaware.ca or 204-997-2031.

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