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Believe What You Know

By Melissa Boles @_mboles

“I’m trying to believe what I know,” she said, her voice cracking over the video.  “I made a list of all of the things I know about myself, everything I’ve been told from others, from scripture, and it was hard.  It was difficult to write down all of those things.”

“I can imagine.”

“And then, the next week, I had to read everything aloud.”  She shook her head.  “I didn’t make it all the way through the list.  I couldn’t.”

“But you tried, love.  You started.  That’s what counts.  And eventually you’ll get through the whole list.”

You know things about yourself.  You know you’re strong, and you’re beautiful, and that you are deserving of love.  I know you know it, because you’ve been told it.  By people in your life, by me…you’ve heard all of the amazing things about you, but you don’t believe them.

Why is that?

It can be hard to believe things people say about you.  Women in particular, but also men, can sometimes not take compliments well.  If someone tells you you’re beautiful, what is your initial reaction?  What about if they tell you that you’re smart, or strong?  What if they tell you that you’re a fighter?

I know I’m the kind of person who tries to laugh it off.  Who ignores it.  Who thinks, Oh, that’s nice, but doesn’t necessarily believe that person.

I’m not always that way, but compliments are hard to hear.  And even if you hear them, and receive them, they can be hard to believe.  Hearing you’re beautiful is different than believing you’re beautiful.

Take this week, and every morning look in the mirror and say, “I’m beautiful.” (You can also say, “I’m handsome,” or “I’m good looking,” or “Damn! Look at that body.”  Whatever you’d prefer.)  This is going to be hard.  It’s going to be incredibly difficult and you might cry.  In fact, you probably will cry.  But in the end, a week later, or a month later, you’re going to believe this more than you did when you started.  It will get easier.

You will believe what you know.  I’ll be doing it with you.  I know I’m beautiful.  I know you’re beautiful.  Let’s believe it.

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