I love you for reading my 100th post and for joining me along this blogging journey for however long you’ve been here. I thank you. But the YOU I’m writing to in the title of this post, is in fact myself! Let me explain.
I wondered what would be right to write for a 100th post, which is a milestone for me at least – I don’t pretend anyone else would think it’s exciting (although there’s a giveaway at the end if you read on)!
I thought I’d mention that I’m moving from a mantra of ‘going with the flow’ to one of ‘find your flow’.
It’s not a big difference in mindset – just more of an active take on participating in life, a subtle evolution. We have to start by going with the flow of the universe in order to find our own flow – and when we’ve given ourselves some ‘yin’ time to contemplate our direction then at some stage we have to settle on it, and start paddling. So that’s where I’m at.
In pondering balance I’ve also come to the conclusion that it’s very close to the concept of ‘good enough’ and far less close to the (false) notion of perfection. Balance is our natural state – we move away from it when we resist flow.
We also find balance between highs and lows, in fast and slow times etc in each and every moment, so that we can live our lives ‘on balance’ exactly the way we want to (not all the time, in every way, but on balance).
At the heart of balance, is love (well that’s what I think). We still have to balance fear with hope and sadness with joy in our lives, but we bring ourselves back to the equilibrium of contentment through love.
So, with no further ado, a love letter template for you to use to write your own love letter to yourself.
I love you because you……(3 behaviours/actions that make you loveable)
I love your ….(3 physical attributes that you love about yourself)
I love that you are like…..(pick a metaphor or make one up to show how you love yourself)
Of all the things that are loveable about you, my favourites are that you are …(3 adjectives that best describe characteristics that make you loveable)
Others love you for your…..(3 things that you are complimented for, or that you know others appreciate about you)
I love you even when…..(3 things you forgive yourself for – you deserve your own forgiveness)
Now gush…..(just pretend that you are writing to the love of your life and go for broke)
Here’s my version (for some inspiration).
I love you because you care about other people, you seek to make a valuable contribution and you acknowledge other’s strengths and talents.
I love your smile with the lopsided dimple, the strength and flexibility you’ve got from doing yoga, your eyes when they are full of love.
I love that you are like a lotus flower that is blooming with ideas and creativity even though you are growing out of mud.
Of all the things that are loveable about you, my favourites are that you are compassionate, authentic and hardworking.
Others love you for your kindness, your honesty, your friendliness.
I love you even when you are full of guilt, when you judge others and when you put yourself down.
(Gushing) You are loveable because you want to do good in the world and your heart is in the right place. I love you for being brave enough to share your weaknesses. I love you for caring about what you believe in, even in the face of opposition. I love you for wanting to be a good mother, for trying hard and for owning your flaws as a mother. I love your faith in the good of people. I love that you are moving away from chasing perfection to finding contentment in balance. I love that you are learning to be content with your body as you get older. I love that you are willing to learn and seeking to grow. I love that you are trying to be grateful. I love that you love your family fiercely and that you uphold the ideal of unconditional love.
Now if you’d love a beautiful bangle and bracelet designed and handmade by Zen Designs – the lovely Lisa of Random Acts of Zen – then all you have to do is share some looove. I purchased one of these gorgeous designs (the Karma Balance necklace) from Lisa a couple of months ago and love it (as modelled by headless me – an improvement perhaps!).
Lisa has generously joined me in a give away to mark my 100th post (the two pieces away are valued at a combined $50).
So to be in the running you need to like my facebook page if you haven’t already, and share one of my blog posts on your social media – and let me know. Can you also visit Lisa’s FB page Random Acts of Zen, say hello, and add your like. Share the looove and good karma.
And, now for the fun part, you need to leave a comment below revealing the secret thing you love about yourself that others might be surprised about (or maybe not so surprised). How might you start your love letter to your self?
Competition will close on Friday 15 June and the winner will be announced on Saturday 16 June.