"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch."
~e. e. cummings
We all need to believe in our own value, and although we can do much to acknowledge our own value to ourselves, when another person acknowledges our value, it has special meaning. Knowing that someone else notices that we are valuable, worthy and deserving gives us a special gift--the recognition that someone else notices what we have to offer.
This week: Think about who in your life has acknowledged your value and worthiness. Who has recognized that specialness you hold inside? Who recognizes what you have to offer the world? How has this helped you believe in yourself? How do you do this for others? Think about revealing to those you know that inside them you see something valuable, worth listening to, worthy of your trust and sacred to your trust. Notice how it feels to give this gift to others. Pay attention to opportunities to confirm what you notice in others and how they confirm what they notice in you.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert at helping people develop their own inner resources. She knows the importance of self esteem and how to nurture its development in self and others. For more information about the programs she offers, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ .