I got this string of text messages from an amazing man* the other day:
"You know, it's only 18 miles from O'Hare to Union Station... and I have my running gear... for a fraction of a second it passed my mind..."
"additional sidenote, I know 18 miles seems huge to regular folk which is why it's so cool and heartwarming to know it really IS small beans for me."
"I hope you can recognize those parts of your life where you can have pride in your own tiny beans."
And (after recovering from my swoon, because, seriously, how cute is this guy?**) I actually thought about it for a while. What spectacular things do I do that I take for granted as just "something I do"? What skills/hobbies/habits/knowledge do I possess that make me better for just being me?
And, more importantly, when do I take the time to celebrate them?
Celebrating ourselves is something very few of us are taught to do. Rather, we are taught that it's "bragging," it's "a sin," it's "rude," it's "unprofessional," etc., etc., etc. In my book, however, celebrating your own successes can be very motivating and inspirational for the people around you. When you take pride in yourself, you light up a room. When you accept the compliment someone takes the time to give you, you're acknowledging that person's effort at connecting with you.
So the next time you do that special thing you do, take a moment to really celebrate yourself. You never know... someone else may also like your tiny beans!
*ok, ok, I'm biased. This "amazing man" happens to be my boyfriend.
** see above