It hurts my soul when people I adore can’t see how incredible they are. I want to say each and every day, “Try to see yourself through my eyes…How would you feel if a friend chastised you like you do to yourself? ” If something I said helped them to love themselves, I would be thrilled. I would like to say, “let’s cut the small-talk. I see in your eyes that you are yearning to talk on a deeper level.” None of us really want to chat incessantly about the weather, and we bore ourselves with the stock answer of “I’m okay,” when asked how we are. I love it when a friend shakes me out of my apathy by asking deeper questions. “Why do you run around so fast? Are you avoiding something?” These recent queries shook up my world in a good way! “Forgive yourself, love who you are as we love you, you are doing a great job at this thing called life.” I would say these things over and over again, hoping that they are taken on board. Life is tough enough, without beating ourselves up added to the soup! “How are you really?” “I am proud of you!” Affirmations of love.