Friday, May 25, 2012

I Am Powerful

As you know I've been traveling on a wonderful journey with my daughter over this past year.  It's our very own self-image awareness journey (more here).  When we first started this project it really was all about helping her to realize every wonderful thing about who she is and what she deserves in this life.  I quickly learned that it was a journey that would be better tackled as a duo rather than cheering her on from the sidelines.  I realized this when I would encourage her to see things in herself that she couldn't, and then turn around and criticize myself.  Eventually she started calling me on it.  I'm grateful that she did.  I needed to learn to practice what I was preaching.  I needed to begin seeing things in myself that I loved, and so the journey switched from one set of feet on the path to two.  It's been so good for us to do this together.  I know from experience that it's easier to meet your goals and to work hard when you have a partner to push you and make you better while standing right by your side.  We have not reached the end of our path, and honestly I'm not certain that we ever really will.  The self-image journey is continuous.  It's one that we constantly need to work on, but it does get easier.  With each step that we've taken, I've learned that I am powerful.  I have the opportunity to make choices each day.  I have learned to pray constantly for help to think before I act and speak.  The things that I say and do effect those around me, and often times the effects can be long lasting if I allow my tongue to unleash words that are better left unsaid.  My focus has been on seeking kindness and trying to give it because I have learned how much power there is behind a single kind word.  It moves me to hear kind words and softens my heart more each time I hear them, and that is powerful.  I have realized that if I want my daughter to think about herself as the magnificent being that she is, then I need to start seeing magnificent things in myself.  I need to treat myself kinder.  I need to harness my tongue, and stop criticizing myself.  If I want her to see all of the beautiful gifts and talents, and magic that I see in her then I need to do the same with myself.  My influence over her is powerful.  Much more so than I think I realized, and that is a big responsibility that should not be taken lightly.  The first step for me in acting on this duty was to step on the path next to her and gently take her by the hand because she is not alone in her need to do this.  We will find our way together, and we will share ideas, happiness, and hopefully a few laughs along the way.  I will do this by her side because I Am Powerful.


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Karli @ The Bonnie 5 said...[Reply to comment]

First... love what you wrote.
Second... you pictures just wow me every time. They really do. I "see" things like that creatively in my mind... but when I go to shoot (especially TT), she's on the move so fast, I can't really go for the creativity factor. It's frustrating! I end up thinking that I better take the "obvious" shot or get nothing at all. What an inspiration you are. I really need to do better. LOVE the photo!

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

Simply beautiful. You are very inspiring! I know that I can always come to your blog and read and be inspired by what ever you might have to say.
You have such insight into life. I don't know exactly how to say what I want to say, but just know that I love these words. I love this journey you are taking with your daughter. I love to hear your stories. Thank you for inspiring me. :)

Naomi said...[Reply to comment]

You are awesome! Thank you for always being an inspiration. Your daughter is lucky to have you as her mom :)

Kim Stevens said...[Reply to comment]

Such wise words . . . yes you are, yes WE all are. I've been in the throws of writing something for months, and have set it aside so many times, and each time I do there seems to be something for me to learn before I finish it. The title for now, is... We are powerful beyond words. I was just working on it last night but you have reminded me that our words are just as powerful for ourselves as they are for everyone else (which Is what I'm writing about). Thank you for always sharing yourself so authentically! xo

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