We forget how powerfully criticism operates in our lives, and how much that undermines our positive qualities, until we experience something that does the opposite – that validates a positive in ourselves.
How about validating your family this evening, telling them each something you love about them? And what about your work colleagues – can you do the same? It will only take a few moments… And if you feel really adventurous, how about the checkout person at the supermarket, the barman, the postman, that stranger in the street who looks happy – or sad.
Remember, even if you don’t seem to have had a positive effect, you may have sown some useful seeds…
And before I finish, just let me remind you that you too are special – the way you smile, the care you take with some aspects of what you do, the way you are a friend to others. Give yourself a validation too – you deserve it!