Comfortable

Yesterday I posted about Jubilee Project, an organization who uses the film medium to bring awareness and inspire change.

Today I want to bring to your attention their video, Comfortable.  It is one of their short films where they ask 50 people 1 question.  This one asks “if you can change one thing about your body what would it be?”

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The answers given is telling.  The younger we are the more comfortable we are in our skin.  Somewhere in the middle of our time we let the voices and opinions of others color our perception of our beauty, whether it be classmates, friends, family, or media.

But when we are young we want superpowers, we are happy with who we are, until the outside voices drill their way in.  The people who wanted to change themselves weren’t because they came up with this “issue” with their bodies on their own.  It was because others had with their words and actions given them a complex about it.

We should be careful of our words.  They have a lasting effect.  Especially if they’re negative.  It is our nature as humans to take to heart a hurtful, negative comment and ignore or forget the complimentary and positive comments. We should teach our children and OURSELVES to only speak kindness and positive.  Compliment don’t criticize.  Raise others up don’t tear them down.

It is sad to think that we could ask these same kids in the video in ten to twenty years the same question and their answers would be drastically different.

The older we are, we begin to accept our bodies and all it’s “flaws”.  We embrace that which makes us who we are.  I, myself, am learning to do this.  It is just something that seems to be falling into place. I am not where the older lady is yet but I believe I will get there.  I sure hope I will.

I hope you take away the lesson here that you should be comfortable in your own skin.  I hope you heed the lesson to be kind and teach kindness.  Mostly I hope the world can learn to compliment and not criticize.  However, until then, try to counter the criticism someone may hear with a compliment.  That woman you see in the elevator that has a nice outfit on, compliment her.  That man you see walking down the hall with the nice outfit on, compliment him.  The waitress or waiter who brings you your food, the bank teller, whoever you run across compliment them.  You just may make their day.  And yes in the process you’ll make your own better.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Missy

End Your Day on a Positive Thought

A while back I posted a meme about starting each day with a positive thought.

I will admit that I do not always follow through with this.  Sometimes it’s just because I wake up late and have to rush to make it to work on time.  Sometimes it’s because I just forget.  The picture I hung has become a fixture so it doesn’t stand out to remind me anymore.  I’ve got to find a way around that.  But when I do then I can feel the difference it makes in my attitude.  This is especially true when I am having a grumpy day.

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I found this meme and have decided to take it’s advice.   Then I realized I really already do that with my daily posts on here.  I write them at night normally.   Also I say my prayers at night.  I pray for people who need my prayers, I pray for my loved ones, I thank God for the many blessings.  So I do end my night on a positive note.

However the advice behind it is sound.  If you’re not a religious person, if you’re not a praying person, or if you’re struggling try this.  Try every night to find one thing positive.  One single thing.  It can be big or small.  It’s your positive thought.  End your thoughts on that thought.  Focus on it.  Leave any negativity behind as you fall asleep by remembering those good things and telling yourself tomorrow is a new day, a new opportunity to fresh start on a better day, a better life.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Missy

Be Kind

Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see – Mark Twain.

These simple words speak volumes about how we should live our lives.

Be kind to others.  You never know what that person is going through.

These are words we’ve all heard in various ways.  Yet it is sometimes easy to be so self involved we forget the lesson and power of that advice.

Sometimes a kind word, a bit of patience, and a smile from a stranger can really be needed.  And if its needed from a stranger then just think about those closest to you.

So go be kind.  Be patient.  And smile.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Missy

Be Happy

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I just love this message.  We should teach our children this.  Teach them that happiness is what we should strive for.  Sure goals are great.  But every goal the underlying reason behind it should be because it will make me happy.   Money doesn’t necessarily make us happy.  Things don’t necessarily make us happy.  Some of the happiest people are people without a lot.

Strive for happiness.  If you want to be doctor that’s fine but do it because it is what will make you happy.  Whatever you do with your life make sure it brings you happiness.  The saying “life is short” is there for a reason.  It is.  We have no guarantee how long we will be on this planet so make the best of it.  Make your life count.  Live your life for joy, your joy and the joy you can bring to others.

No matter where you are in your life, live the best life you can.  Embrace the positive.  Be happy.

Find your joy and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Missy

Disclaimer: I found the picture on the internet.  I do not know if it is really a John Lennon quote.