Words we should believe


My mom and I send letters back and forth, because it is always a treat to see something in the mailbox that isn’t junk mail or bills. We share cartoons, unusual news pieces and the occasional obituary  that we find interesting. The column is called “A message from your hometowne”, it is signed simply as Paul and Cheryll. The opening quote is as follows:

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service.

To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”

Oren Arnold

I liked all of the points Paul and Cheryll expanded on, but especially this final section:

“To yourself, respect. We often do things to ourselves that we would never dream of doing to someone we care about. (When is the last time you called a friend ugly, told them they weren’t good enough, discouraged them from following their dreams, or sabotaged their happiness?) Don’t harm yourself. Don’t insult yourself. Be honest to yourself. Like yourself. You are worth it.”

So obvious, yet difficult for many to follow. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done, or trying something out of your comfort zone, or for being a good citizen. Each bit of goodness we put into ourselves and the world can only help.