Most mornings I write. This morning, I read what I had just written and was slightly embarrassed. I made myself sound like a saint (ok that word is a bit much, but in the moment, I thought "Geez...I'm not that great!)...I began to bury those words deep down inside of me, never to be remembered again, but something inside of me stopped myself, and I re-read them. I stopped and realized it was ok - everything was true. I accurately described my struggles, my motivations, & my victories.
I was reminded that it's a good thing that I am my best cheerleader - nobody else knows my struggles quite like I do. Nobody else knows my dreams quite like I do. It's important to celebrate victories, no matter how small they are. It's important for me to celebrate the person I am, the person God is growing. It is good to enjoy yourself, to be self-assured...
I know for myself, when I appreciate the things I have done, the ways I have grown, I am not looking for outside affirmation. (Yes, outside affirmation is always appreciated, but not needed) I am not needing to boast of what I have done, what I have learned, or how I have grown.
I think this is where Whole People come from - this place of mindfulness, self-assurance...knowing one's own faults as well as strengths, and the deep gratitude for life and the exploration of it all..