I’ve been replacing “I’m sorry” with “Thank you”
Like instead of “sorry I’m late” I’ll say “Thanks for waiting for me!”, or instead of “Sorry for being such a mess” I’ll say “Thank you so much for loving me and caring about me unconditionally”.
It just feels better, using gratitude instead of belittling ourselves doesn’t it? We’re so hard on ourselves, those internal voices whispering all the ways in which we show up less than “perfect”, feeling like we’re on the back foot so much of the time.
My mum was a stickler for ensuring I was always apologising for my less than what she thought looked / felt / sounded / expected. Perhaps she saw me as representing her in the world… and boy did I need to be her definition of perfect.
It’s taken a heap of years for me to recognise that I am a neat, loving human with loads of great qualities as well as lots of things to work on… just like everyone else. What a relief!
Apologising has felt second nature for so long, and so I love this thought of shifting these words and feelings with others more empowering and kind. It really does work ✨
Try replacing those little less than positive catch phrases that can come to our lips too easily – – sometimes loving ourselves shows up in a really beautiful way when we share our appreciation and gratitude for those we walk this journey with. It improves my relationships with others, who now get to receive my gratitude instead of potentially my negativity. And the bonus is: it totally shifts the way we feel about ourselves… how awesome is that?! 💐✨💕
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