About six years ago I was having a conversation with a friend of mine. She was discouraged and I was naming all of her amazing unique attributes that make her so special. I recall her being both encouraged and dumbfounded with the things I saw in her that were so hard for her to acknowledge. And then I remember saying, "Sometimes we need to hear the good that others see in us." At times it is hard to feel good enough in this world as we daily compare ourselves to the success and admirability of those around us. And so many of us think so highly of people who we surround ourselves with. Our friends, our family, our loved ones. They are those people to us because we find them So amazing and beautiful and we choose to invest in them. We see such greatness in them, such strength and possibility, and yet we hardly tell them.
I've always tried to be intentional to voice to those I love how amazingly unique and inspiring I find them; how beautiful they make the world and touch those around them. And I'm always amazed at their response. It's a thing we so often think and so rarely say. It amazes us that other people find us amazing because no one hardly says it. It's not a societal norm to build people up daily. But let's change that.
People always tell me how nice I am when I'm simply telling them the truth. For those I choose to surround myself with I pray you know how truly amazing and beautiful you are! How magical I find your souls, how inspirational I find your minds, how your love touches me and blesses me and everyone else who is rich enough to know you!
I challenge you to make it a norm. To tell people what you think about them. We find it hard to find beauty in ourselves sometimes because we think that others feel the same. Change that mindset, by changing the way you interact and encourage. We are all beautiful, we are all unique, we all add to this world. Know that you do. And tell someone you love that they do too.