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“Who has confidence in himself will gain the confidence of others.” -Leib Lazarow

I’ve always been a pretty confident person.  I blame (THANK!) my parents, who always told me I was good enough, smart enough, pretty enough.  As I grew up, I believed them.  I do have confidence in my smarts, in my humor, but…have never been quite sure they were right about the last one.  I guessed my face was cute enough, but the rest of me, I wasn’t so sure.  So I forged ahead being the honor student or the funny friend.

Lately, I’ve been revisiting this.  While it boils down to SELF-confidence, the vote of confidence that others can give is overwhelming.  A few kind words from friends can sustain me for days…weeks.  Compliments on eyeshadow or an outfit, no matter how small, mean so much.  And I will make a conscious effort to remember how these words make me feel, and pay them forward.  At the end of the day, I’m happy.  People can see it, in my face, in my gait.  In turn, being genuinely happy, I feel freer.  Prettier, even.  I’m starting to carry myself as such.  It’s a work in progress.  And the stuff I don’t yet love, I’m making an effort to fix. 

Who’d have thought that others believing in me would allow me to believe in myself even more?

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