A Facebook challenge with a twist!

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There’s a challenge on Facebook right now asking people to write 25 random things about themselves, and then to tag 25 friends to do the same. I found this challenge interesting.

However, I decided to approach this with a slightly different twist. I decided to write 25 things I LIKE about myself, instead of random things.

Positive affirmations

This challenge fits perfectly with my belief in positive affirmations, so I gave it a try. At first, I stared at the empty white page on my computer screen, frustrated because nothing came to mind.

Then I realized what the problem was. It wasn’t that I couldn’t think of anything, I was just uncomfortable writing down things I like about myself.  It felt like bragging and I was taught not to brag.

Recognizing this made me sad, and then it made me mad.  I thought to myself, “What’s wrong with declaring the things we like about ourselves?”

I decided there’s nothing wrong with it!  We should acknowledge what we like about ourselves. After this, the list just flowed out.  Getting to 25 was a bit difficult, but I felt good about it when I was done. And there’s a bonus for doing this — I plan to keep this list on my computer and see how many new things I can add to it.

Here’s the list of 25 things I like about myself:

  1. I like my creativity
  2. I like my curiosity about everything (thank goodness for Google)
  3. I like my laughter
  4. I like my ability to show empathy and compassion to others
  5. I like my brown eyes
  6. I like my spirituality
  7. I like my smile
  8. I like my willingness to fight for what I believe in
  9. I like my love of nature
  10. I like my courage
  11. I like that I talk aloud to myself and my animals
  12. I like that I sometimes even answer myself
  13. I like my desire to learn new things
  14. I like the shape of my face
  15. I like that I can apologize when I’ve done something wrong
  16. I like my silliness
  17. I like myself as a mother
  18. I like my ability to see connections in disparate things
  19. I like my eyebrows
  20. I like that I try not to kill bugs that scare me
  21. I like my silly phrases and names, like “good garden seed; you silly goose; kiddo and tiger”
  22. I like my intuition
  23. I like that my second toe is longer than my first
  24. I like my voice
  25. I like my ability to laugh at my faults

Okay, I’ve done it. Now, I want to issue this challenge to YOU, my readers.  Make a list of 25 things you LIKE about yourself.  In this challenge, however, you DO NOT have to tag 25 friends — this is just for you!

The rules of my challenge are:

  • Be honest with yourself. You don’t have to show your list to anyone.
  • Please use what YOU know and believe about yourself – not what other people say about you.
  • While making the list, you must tell your gremlins (those negative voices) to take a hike!

Give it a try. See if you can beat 25!  If you can’t think of 25, that’s okay too.  Just remember, this is YOUR list; you will complete it at your own speed.

If you’re comfortable, leave a comment and share a few things from your list, or share how you felt about writing this list.  You have my full permission to brag.