I just love the focus we’ve had on loving ourselves for who we are. From our bodies to our personalities, we are being encouraged more and more to be happy with who we are. Isn’t that just great? Always the one to look at the smaller issues and possible collateral damage, though, I would like to discuss how and why we should still be improving ourselves.
Improvement is a huge part of our lives. We have a natural desire to be better than we are, which is why we tend to lean towards being uncomfortable with ourselves. Trust me, I know that as well as anyone, and we should each be comfortable with the person in the mirror. That doesn’t mean, however, that we shouldn’t try to improve.
Being happy with yourself doesn’t mean becoming complacent. Improvement doesn’t mean being someone different. As Karl G. Maeser once said, “Always be yourself, but always be your better self”.
To me, that quote speaks volumes. We should strive to be who we are, but we should also love ourselves enough to know that we can improve.
That being said, do what you know you should. Love your body, but also take steps to eat healthy and exercise. Love your personality, but work on eliminating bad habits and treat people better.
We all have ways we can and should improve. I’m not perfect, and neither are you. That’s right, I really said that. There are ways that you can be a better person. That’s not to say you aren’t a wonderful person now, but you can still be even better. So cut a few bad habits. Develop some good ones. Enjoy the little things. Refocus on what’s important.
Choose to do what’s right rather than what’s easy.
I have grown up believing that I am so much less than everyone else. I always thought that I wasn’t worth as much as others around me. Knowing that I had room to improve made me feel as though I wasn’t worth improvement. It can be very discouraging to believe that you are worthless. As I grow older, however, I learn more and more that you should really only focus on your shortcomings for long enough to know where you need improvement. It does no good to constantly stress about faults and imperfections.
Always do what you can to see yourself as someone who’s worth improvement. You can progress, and you can make the world a better place.
That’s about all I have to say. Just remember that you’re amazing, and you make more of a difference than you think. Keep your head up and keep going!
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