“You is smart, you is kind, you is important”

I hope y’all are staying healthy during this crazy flu season!  I actually gave in and got the flu vaccine this past weekend while the grandkids were getting theirs. I don’t really get the vaccines often (some say that since I have MS, I have a bad immune system and should always get the vaccine. But, my immune system ISN’T bad…It is just CONFUSED! Haha!) Since the kiddos were getting theirs, and their momma might have already had the flu and wasn’t getting the vaccine, I decided to take one for the team and go ahead and get it. Even though it’s only 30-40% effective this year, the flu is so prevalent that it’s better than not trying, I guess! The 4 1/2 year old gladly threw me under the bus to get it done first so she could see if it hurt me. Wouldn’t ya know that I’ve had a sore throat and felt a bit yucky the past few days, and my granddaughter has all the symptoms of a bad cold (or flu) suddenly! Hmmm??? This is why I usually just skip the dang thing! Oh well…

I have been hanging out with my sweet babies quite a bit lately.  And they are at just the right ages when their personalities are forming and they soak up things they hear like little sponges. I often think about the adorable scene from The Help when little Mae is being told by Abileen how important she is. Little ones need to hear this important, soul and spirit building stuff, on the daily. Every adult around them should be constantly telling them how loved they are, how unique they are, and how much they have to offer the world.

As important as it is for children to hear their praises being sung, what about adults? Don’t you like to get a compliment or hear praise about yourself once in a while? Well, maybe some of you don’t. Sometimes we get embarrassed or feel undeserving of positive reinforcement and compliments. But we all need them sometimes! No matter what our age. It is important for kiddos as they are developing who they are in the world, but just as important for aging individuals, especially the senior population (I have no idea what age is considered senior citizen anymore! I feel like I am inching closer and closer!) I know that I train four women in their late 70s to late 80s, and they all doubt themselves at different levels. They love to hear “good job” and really soak up compliments on a job well done in the studio. Of course they probably think I only say it since they pay me!😉 We all need to practice, not only letting our lights shine, but not being afraid to tell others that they are awesome, did a great job, or have impressed us in some way. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll come back to you. You are special, important to this world, and have a lot to offer someone-or many “someones”! We need more kindness now days.

I came across this wonderful quote at least a decade ago, and it has been printed and stuck on my refrigerator ever since. I read it several times a week, and would often have my daughter read it when she was having a tough time as an adolescent…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is it everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson
By the way…how did y’all do with last week’s challenge of selfless loving? I only made it about 25 hours and 13 minutes! Wow, it’s hard to be totally selfless! Keep on working at it! Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and let love shine!

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