I was thinking the other day – if we could learn to look at ourselves with the same love that our animals do, what a different world we would be in! I have a sweet pup named Daisy, and she is like my baby. I seriously love her to bits.
A small boy put into words why dogs life are so much shorter than ours: “people are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like, loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.” (You can read his whole theory here.)
Let’s be honest – I’m not sure that I could commit to LOVING EVERYBODY all the time…
…but what if we just committed to loving ourselves and being nice to ourselves? Surely if we treated ourselves with kindness and spoke to ourselves with compassion, we would fill up with positivity and it would overflow into the other areas of our lives. We already know that when you’re in a good mood, you treat other people better than when you’re in a bad mood. So let’s spread happiness to the people we encounter in our day!
It doesn’t matter whether I’ve left my house for 5 minutes or 5 hours, if Daisy is at home waiting for me, I can pretty much guarantee she’ll be at the door SO excited to greet me with all the love in the world that she can’t even contain her happiness. And that puppy love is not dished out based on how I look that day or what the number on the scale says.
It is just pure, nonjudgmental, unconditional love.
So the next time you see yourself in a mirror or hear yourself talking and your internal voice starts criticizing instead of complimenting, give yourself a bit of grace. Look at yourself through the eyes of a loving puppy and embrace yourself, perfect imperfections and all!