A 60-Sec. Look at a Life-Lifting Idea 

Relief from Self-Criticism

Oh, I know it well

Grew up with it

Still cringe from it

 

That terrible

‘What’s-wrong-with-you’

Tone of voice

 

My body tightens, breath stops

It feels as if I've been hit

And afterward, I chew on their words 

Thinking how wrong they are

How hurt I am

That tone of voice is probably still

Bouncing off the walls of our house

And I can tell you that as a learning tool

It sucks

 

It was supposed to correct  

My behavior by making me feel badly

They certainly made me feel that way

But  didn’t stop my  mistakes

Or ‘bad’ behavior either

 

What it did do was fan the flames

Of anger and rebellion 

It lowered my self-esteem

And left me with a load of self-criticism

self-critical voice sounds

A lot like what I grew up with

And leaves me feeling the same

At one point, I tried hard to counter it

With encouraging words, positive self-talk

But no matter what I said

I still felt self-critical

And no matter what I did to stop it

To distract myself, hide from it

It stayed until finally fading on its own

    And Then One Day

I took a deep breath

Let go, and faced that voice!

Moments later I was still standing

The world still spinning

Really, I was okay

And found that the feeling

Faded faster, relief came sooner

Sometimes much sooner especially

If I kept relaxing my body and breath

No!  I don’t like feeling it,  but I 

Really like knowing that I'm

Releasing them, lightening my load

 

Then, when it's gone, when I

Finally breathe that sigh of relief

Positive self-talk, affirmations

Visualizations and the rest

Can do their work

Self-esteem goes up as self-criticism goes down
low self-esteem can be like drowning
self-esteem is all important
Raise your self-esteem and be happier
Raise your self-esteem

        Daniel

Can you lift your life

in an Instant?

 

There are ways to immediately 

Make yourself feel better. 

Feel good. 

Some are even laughable

 

And I've put the best of them in

   "The Simplest Ways to (Instantly) Lift Your Life

 

And for a longer lift enjoy

A stream of positive ideas

In this special series:  

              "Those Awesome Ideas of Life" 

Both free, entertaining and flying to you thru this magic box:

Positive ideas can raise self-esteem

An instant?

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And thanks,

           Daniel

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