I had a disheartening experience this week, wherein I was told that I am too positive, too friendly, and too kind.
I could let this destroy me.
I could let this be an opportunity to embrace insecurity and self-doubt.
I could let one other person’s opinion of my compassion bring me down.
I could use it to be more authentically me.
I can decide to embrace confidence, embrace joy, embrace me.
Sometimes, to be kind in this world, it takes bravery.
A member of the Daily Love Mastery group recently told me, “People are not used to seeing acceptance and happiness as part of what life can offer us!”
It is easier to choose to complain, to choose gossip, to choose negativity, to choose fear.
Being brave is hard. Being authentic. Being happy. Being warm, accepting, comforting. Those emotions can be difficult for many to handle. Negativity can be a security blanket.
But it’s not mine.
I will continue to shy away from meanness. I will choose NOT to sit at the table with the mean girls. I will find the table that is big enough for all who wish to sit.
I will embrace openness. I will embrace the unknown. I will embrace happiness. I will embrace compassion. I will embrace friendliness. And I will be compassionate, positive, and loving to others. Because it is who I am. It’s just authentically me.
And I can only hope that, someday, those who disagree, who don’t understand, or hide behind negativity or meanness, will realize that they, too, hold the key to their own happiness. It’s called loving oneself.
I’m gonna keep loving me.
And I wish each and every one of you love and happiness. Because we all deserve it. But true happiness comes from within. And it takes bravery to keep loving you when you are surrounded by others who are not yet on the same path of compassion. But once you learn to love you first, you can truly be kind and loving towards others.