Nine Reminders We Need To Hear Everyday

Nine Reminders We Need To Hear Everyday

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I watched the movie Priceless, which is a movie made by the two brothers that make up the Christian duo "For King and Country". It was about human worth, especially of women. It is a great message that everyone needs to hear, but it also was a great reminder for me. It made me think about more than one thing. In this crazy society of ours, we let many things slip our minds. We get wrapped up in so many aspects of life that don't even matter. So I put together a list of daily reminders that we all need to hear.

1. You are priceless and have so much worth.

We often forget how much worth we have due to media and society telling us otherwise. Know your worth. Know you are worth so much more than the number on the scale, your likes on Insta, or your friends on Facebook. There is so much more to us!

2. Joy comes in the morning.

Each day is a new day. There are new chances, new moments, and new opportunities. You can start again. Hang on until tomorrow! Tomorrow is a new day!

3. Things are just things.

This one is the biggest reminders I need. We have all been in that situation in which we ruin our favorite pair of jeans or snag our new scarf. But it's just a thing. There are so many more important things in life than THINGS. In those moments where we lose or ruin our favorite items, we have to remember how insignificant it truly is. It makes life so much easier.

4. Forgiveness is always the better option.

Getting hurt is never fun. What is worse is holding a grudge and nursing anger. It really only hurts one's self. The other person most likely has no idea about your feelings or thinks that the situation is settled. Forgive, even if you can't physically tell the person. And always forgive yourself. Grace is the ultimate gift that we need to show ourselves and others.

5. Don't take life too seriously!

Now obviously there is a time and place where laughter isn't appropriate. (I wrote an article about my laughing problems.) What I don't regret is all the time I have spent laughing with friends, family, and at myself when I am in a stressful situation or just being silly.

6. It's okay to fail.

And believe me, I have. That is somewhat why I changed my major and why my GPA got a little messed up my sophomore year of college. BUT that is the point! All of these things were minor setbacks. Now in hindsight, they are barely minor bumps in a beautiful road.

7. Choose joy!

Let's be honest. Most of us enjoy wallowing in pity or anger whenever those feelings set in. We have to remember that joy is a choice and that we can choose the path we walk upon. When we are angry, jealous, etc. it only hurts ourselves. So choose joy! (and forgiveness as mentioned above)

8. YOU ARE LOVED!

You are loved! End of story! You are loved by God and plenty of people. Even if it doesn't always feel like it!

9. Don't compare yourself to others!

This is so important because 1) you will never be the other person, 2) it just perpetuates self-loathing, jealousy, and anger, and 3) you are amazing at being you! When we start to build others up instead of tearing ourselves down by comparing ourselves to other, there is more love in the world! There is love for ourselves and others! And that is the best! You also have to realize that the things you don't possess or the things you want that others have are probably the things they don't like or there are things you have that they want. The point is that you are amazing just as you are! Don't let anyone else make you feel any less!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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I Don't Have To Wear Makeup To Be Beautiful

You don't have to, either.

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For about as long as modern makeup/cosmetics/skincare brands have been around, the notion that women have to use any of these cosmetic products to be considered "beautiful" has also been around.

(If you've read my earlier article about red lipstick giving me my confidence back, you would know that I absolutely adore certain skincare/makeup products.)

However, I personally don't believe that I need to wear any kind of makeup to be considered "beautiful." And you don't, either.

I think that we, as a society, have seriously overvalued aesthetic beauty and undervalued the beauty that comes from being a decent, honest, genuine, and kind person. I believe that while makeup has an incredible and transformation-giving effect on women, (and men too, just for the record), that none of us honestly should depend on x, y, and z products to make us feel that we are beautiful, or that our self worth and sense of self should be tied up in how many likes a selfie of us in a full face of makeup get.

And quite frankly, there is so much to love about our makeup free, naturally glowing skin that so many of us hide, simply because society would love to tell us that we're not beautiful, or pretty, or worth very much at all if we don't use [insert new trendy skincare product here].

Well, excuse my French, but I'm calling bull.

It's not okay for any of us to think of ourselves as less than, simply because we're not following those crazy and crappy societal trends. In a culture where "Instagram perfect" pictures are the ideal that every woman, or man, is expected to look up to, I'd say it's pretty revolutionary to dare to bare a fresh-faced look.

No one has to ever feel the need to compulsively put on makeup to be considered "beautiful."

Because, in all reality, makeup can't measure the kind of person you are.

Makeup/skincare products can't measure your kindness, your generosity, your bravery in the face of adversity, or any other kickass quality that you might have. Makeup can't do that; only what's inside of you, if brought out for the world to see, can do that. And yes, I'm well aware of how cliché and "junior high preachy" that sounds.

So, I hope this article will possibly spark some introspective thoughts on what beauty means to you. I hope you start to think about the fact that who you are as a person is not defined by how "attractive" or "beautiful" someone else might tell you you are.

You define who you are as a person, nobody else has that power.

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