missive: revelation

You know what’s great about you?
Yes you do. You probably know what’s great about you and you can’t think of what it is right now. That’s why I’m here, friend.
Here’s what I want you to do.

Make a list-
First list at least three people that you know in real life that you love a whole lot, not just love but LIKE…this is important

Next, under each name write a list of things you admire in them; qualities, traits, what have you…list as many as you can.

If you run out of room you may use a sheet of notebook paper to continue your work.

Ok now look-
See that list of traits and character qualities? You have those.
You may not think you do but I assure you that you have them.

Now here’s the thing, if one of the things on your list for Aunt Betty is “excellent banjo player” and you don’t play banjo you’ll wonder how that applies. Banjo playing is learned skill (unless you’re some kind of banjo savant but those are pretty rare, I’d wager.) What made Aunt Betty an excellent banjo player? Tenacity, love of music, practice, patience, opportunity?

You have that, whatever it is. You can spot it in Aunt Betty because you recognize it first in yourself.

Remember this: You cannot love or hate something about another person that you do not already love or hate about yourself.

You might want to argue that with me, it’s ok, go ahead. I know I’m right about this. I know this is true.

Read that list again. Look deep. Maybe you don’t see it quite as clearly as you see it in Aunt Betty but it’s there, isn’t it? It is.
I told you so. Don’t forget.

-mrs m.

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