I am enough. If people read or don’t read what I write. I am enough. I am enough and my life matters like black lives matter. Whether I have the money I need or the job that I want. I am enough. If I am respected in the workplace or disrespected by inequalities. I am enough. If my hair is relaxed or in its natural state. Long, short, or none at all. I am enough. If I weigh more or less. I am enough. With blemishes or clarity of skin. I am enough. If a man sees me or if he looks beyond me. I am enough. Whether they are proud of me or they hate me. I am enough. If I’m married or single. I am enough. I was divinely created by God to be enough in this life. I am enough because I know who I am. I am confident. I am enough. It took me some time but I had to learn that I am in fact enough after moments of trying to prove my enoughness by using ineffective methods. It was draining and life taking but to know that I am enough and live in that is energizing and life giving. I am enough. You are enough.
This blog post was inspired by Oprah’s posed question…”What has taken you the longest lesson to learn?”
I firmly believe that a foundation of self-love is essential for life. I had the pleasure of spending the last few months with a group of girls, ages 4-11yrs old, who attended the Beautiful and Wonderful Me Workshop. I typically open the sessions by asking the girls their name, their Happy Word (chosen in the 1st session), and what they love most about themselves. In the first session girls were either unsure or answered with shoes or a piece of clothing instead of a personal characteristic. In the last session 95% of the girls said they loved their hair most and the other 5% still chose something like their smile or eyes. Absolutely beautiful! Huge difference…Self-love is taught and unfortunately so is self-hate often through silence. I am grateful that we were able to teach self-love through these sessions. During the Beautiful and Wonderful Me Workshop we saturate girls with self-love, true beauty, and affirmations from music choices to dialogue, activities, and décor. All of this helps to shape her view of herself to love everything about who she is! We did it! I am so excited for these beautiful and wonderful girls. How will you teach self-love today?
Too many little girls only know hate. Mom hates who she is so she doesn’t have an example of a women who loves herself. Statistically only 11% of girls identify with being beautiful. Yes hate! Often taught without saying a word. I know this is harsh but little girls who attempt to commit suicide or to harm themselves because they hate apart of who they are is harsh. It is painful to face this reality affecting too many little girls. We must openly state the problem to rescue generations of girls from drowning in a pool of self-hate. Girls with a foundation of self-love are progressive in education, relationally, and socially. They are likely to be leaders, care for others, and reach goals. People who don’t love who they are, do not care about how they live. Too many little girls only know hate. How will they know love? The mission is simple. Teach self-love. Church…are you willing? Teachers…do you care? Parents…is teaching girls self-love necessary?