Love Your Self, Release Your Fears, Accept Your Gifts, Speak Your Truth, Live Your Joy
Quite some time ago, I trained as an image consultant while living in NYC. One of the most important lessons I learned in training was that sometimes people need help remembering the wonderful things that make them special. This is when I first learned about what I like to call a Joy Box.
Very often we receive compliments that lift our spirits and give us confidence, when we receive them. Then after some time has passed, often those feelings wear off. A Joy Box helps preserve those moments and will help remind you what there is to love about you. Here’s how it works:
Let’s start with the box. This is a special vessel that you have set aside to help you find your way back to alignment with your joy. What that looks like is totally up to you. It could be something pretty you purchase for this, or it can be something you created in arts and crafts. My mother makes these great ones recycling boxes golf balls come in.
Once you have the box, it’s time to fill it. Each time someone gives you a compliment, offers words of encouragement, says anything that lifts your spirits, write it down and put it in your box. There is no right or wrong way of doing this. You can use random scraps of paper or very specific paper, the HOW of this is all you. The point is to capture that moment. My suggestion is, whatever you use, be sure to have it with you at all times. Write it down as quickly as possible after it’s happened. Write down what’s important for you – who said it, when they said it, what they said would be sufficient. If you want to include other details, by all means, go right ahead.
The purpose of this exercise is to help remind you when you’re not having the best day, that you are in fact magnificent, wonderful and perfect. So, on those days when you are struggling you can take out this box and be reminded of all of the loving things people have said about you. Some days it will only take a couple of moments, other days it could take most of the box. I promise, the longer you read, the bigger your smile will get. The best part is, you’re taking care of two principles at once; 1 and 3 – Love Your Self and Accept Your Gifts.
If you decide to try this, send me some pics!
Hope you have a glorious weekend!