Amazing You

December 26, 2011

Written by Paula O’Sullivan

Has anyone told you recently how amazing you are? No? Has anyone told you lately how very beautiful you are? No? I can hear the grumbling, ‘No one ever tells me I am amazing, no one ever tells me I am beautiful, in fact I may as well not be here, I am invisible’. Some of you will of course be able to answer yes, but for those of you out there who had a definite’ No’ answer, this is for you!

What if I told you that there is someone in your life right now, who could tell you those things? I can hear your derisive laughter,’ This gal is crazy’, right? You’re thinking, ‘This gal is a few sandwiches short of a picnic!’

Well you’re of course free to believe what ever you want to believe, but before you go, can I ask you one more question? How would your life change if someone told you that you were amazing and beautiful regularly, if someone told you that you really count, that your participation mattered? How would you feel? Would things be different for you, would you be happier knowing that you were amazing and beautiful and that you were important in the scheme of things?

Would anything be possible? Would doors open where there were only walls previously? Would you spirit soar with joy instead of walking around in misery and discontent?

The ‘someone’ in your life who can tell you that you are amazing and beautiful is you.

Oh I know you’re thinking, who am I to think I’m amazing and beautiful isn’t that getting above myself here? I’ve always been told not to get above myself. The  voices of the past come crashing in and you can remember being told by everyone, the message was so clear, it was ok for others to tell you, but if you started to believe it, that wasn’t a good thing was it ? Now for a moment ask yourself, why is it not good to believe that you are amazing and beautiful? How does that serve you or others? It doesn’t! And why wait for others to recognise something, that you can recognise yourself? Once you start feeling, amazing, beautiful and that you count, others will start to notice it too. And even if they don’t you will feel really good regardless. So you’ll be less at the mercy of others, you won’t have to worry about people making you feel good or bad, as you’ll already know how amazing you are ! This puts a different perspective into our lives.

This isn’t about the ego, this isn’t about being arrogant, or feeling superior or anything like that. It’s about waking up each day and telling yourself that you are amazing, beautiful and that you count. It’s about thinking if these things are true, then how can you be amazing , beautiful and count, it’s about seeing that once you believe this about yourself, that you can add to the world you live in, in a very positive way.

So close your eyes for a moment, say ‘I am amazing, I am beautiful and I count’, now open your eyes and step forward, the world needs someone like you!


The Gift of You

December 19, 2011

Written by Paula O’ Sullivan

At the time of writing this article, it’s the Season of giving in some parts of the world. It’s also, I may add, a time of great worry and stress for many people, as they try to live up to the material expectations of their loved ones. This can lead to feelings of disempowerment, despair and helplessness, and my message for you is, that it doesn’t have to be that way. It is only that way because we have bought into the illusion of it all for far too many years. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re perfectly happy the way things are, then I wish you well, for the remainder of you though, I just wanted to share this message about the greatest gift you can ever give.

This greatest gift is free, but I’m not going to tell you that it’s worth nothing, it’s actually quite valuable. This gift can be given at any time of year, and it works best when you do this. This greatest gift is the ‘Gift of You. Now before you lose interest, you’ve probably heard something like this before, but this is my gift to you, so I hope you stay with me for just another moment or two.

This year I decided that I would give little gifts of me to those around me, now I’m not blowing my own trumpet, I just want to give you some ideas on how you can share your gift. I write articles to share positive messages and uplift the readers, besides from blogging, I print out a few and drop them into my local library, I write poetry and  had one about words of comfort for the grieving, which I sent a few copies of into a local funeral home. I’ve read poetry for the local over 60’s group and in our library; I set up a meet up group for people to make new friends. I also set up a skills exchange, so that people could barter, I have offered some Hypnotherapy sessions free in exchange for web design, holistic services, gardening work etc…I also paint, so some people are getting paintings this year. I’m recording some poetry and stories on Cd from my computer and giving them to friends and family. The other gifts I give are my time, my kindness, my smile, my support.

What ‘Gift of You’, can you give? Have you a good reading voice, perhaps you could give a few minutes to read stories or poetry to some children in hospital or to the elderly. Perhaps you have come across a nice poem or affirmation that you could share with someone, or put it into a frame and give to a local nursing home for example. I came across a very nice idea from a friend, who suggested making up a little booklet of vouchers offering things like grocery shopping, ironing, dog walking, childminding, gardening, diy, coffee etc, maybe you are good at some craft, flower arranging, wood work, metal work, photography, these are nice gifts to give . Maybe you could give your time to some local support group or set one up?

The ‘Gift of You’ not only comes from any talents you may have, but also from any hardships that you have survived and coped with. These are areas where you can help others, whether it is bereavement, illness, unemployment, redundancy, divorce, abuse, depression, etc..etc.. What have you learnt through your experience that could be a gift to others to help them cope, to help them get through, to help uplift and inspire them?

If you think about this for a while, you’ll see that you are abundant with things that you can give, and you will come to see that the greatest gift you can give is YOU!

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