Mental Spring Cleaning-The Power of Optimism, Kindness, and Self-Worth

Growing up, I was bullied.  It was something that was first started in Elementary School by the girls that lived in my neighborhood and something that ended with a few immature people that I knew in High School. 

Luckily for me, I had a great support system of family and friends that where there to love and uplift me when others wouldn't.  Because of this, I feel like I came out of the years of bullying with just a few emotional and mental battle wounds that I think will, in some ways, always be apart of me.  And, I'm O.K. with that because these wounds remind me of how important it is to be aware of others; continually pushing me to reach outside my comfort zone with an extended helping hand or kind word to someone else in need.

Yes, the memories of bullying will always stick with me.  But, through the careful guidance and love of others I learned how to throw out a lot of the cluttering negativity and sadness that was once associated with it.

Just like the nooks and crannies of our homes, I feel like the human brain can sometimes become overflowing with years of collected stuff that needs to be cleaned out.  So, when it comes to doing this with my own brain, I rely on the heavy duty cleaning solutions of Optimism, Kindness, and Self-Worth.

Each and every day we are faced with various circumstances and situations that cause us to determine how we will react to them.  Do we look at each of these as a glass half full or a glass half empty life experience?  Although I do have my moments when my own proverbial glass has just a few drops in it; I am constantly striving to keep my cup overflowing.  No matter what, bad things are going to happen.  But, I have learned that it can always be worse.  So instead of dwelling on what isn't going right in my life, I choose to be optimistic and focus on everything that is.

When it comes to life challenges, it is very easy to focus on ourselves and how horribly unjust our life can be.  However, when we choose to rise above the fog of our own personal dismay and begin to progressively search for and serve those who are in desperate need of some kindness, our own personal troubles seem to dissipate. Because, when we show kindness to others, it works just like the properties of Bleach on a pestering grimy stain; settling deep into the almost permanent sadness we possess, and lifting it away with care and ease.

Throughout our lives, there will be many circumstances and people that will try to make us feel insignificant.  But, when it comes down to it.  The only person that can diminish our own self-worth, is us.  Yes, others can and will do a darn good job at saying and doing things that make us feel of little worth.  Yet, we are the only ones who can concertedly choose to let it effect us.  If we truly believe that we are beautiful, smart, wonderful, creative, and so much more, on our own, then the hurt that is inflicted by others wont leave any permanent mental build up.

Clearly, I am not an expert on mental help.  I am just sharing what has worked for me; and completely understand that there are some forms of mental sadness and self-awareness that need the help of professionals.   But, for me, and maybe some of you, putting in the time and necessary concerted effort to be optimistic, kind, and self-loving always clean-up and organize any negative thought that wants to become permanent hoarding clutter in my mind.

Loves and Hugs,

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