“You seem to have it all together.”
I’ve been told some version of this by several coworkers. Yet instead of that, my mind is often occupied with comparisons to the other teachers around me and how I *feel* I fall short to them. What I assume are their perceptions of me are actually self-criticisms in their voices. But what about the respect I have for myself and my work? What about the room I give for others to speak openly? What about the time, energy, money, and things I freely give? Have I ever stopped to consider the impact of that?
What about you? Have you ever stopped to consider your own impact? Think back to those nice comments you got that you brushed off. Remember the smile, the sigh of relief, the relaxed shoulders, or the hug that resulted from something you did or said. Choose to believe in those rather than the negative (and often) irrational thoughts swirling around in your head. Do this not just as a January thing, but as a life thing.