We don’t need other people to pat us on the back for a job well done.
When our work goes unnoticed or unacknowledged, we mustn’t allow that to diminish the value or impact of our work. Whether the lack of acknowledgment is an oversight or a deliberate or ill-intended dismissal of our creation born out of the other’s envy and insecurity, we must celebrate ourselves, our successes and accomplishments. Each time. All the time.
It is the individual’s responsibility to acknowledge themselves and their accomplishments. One’s self-worth cannot and must not be hinged on external sources and validations.
But I’m not going to deny that being praised and acknowledged is something that easily makes my lips turn upwards into a most radiant, beaming smile! 😀 Ditto with every cell of my being. Let’s admit. Who doesn’t want to hear a compliment? Who doesn’t want to receive recognition for their creation? Come on….
But receiving accolades mustn’t be the intention of our creation. Rather, it must be the sheer joy of our self-expression. 🙂
Even if to be praised must not be the motivation, that doesn’t mean that we must hold back or be stingy in acknowledging and complimenting a good piece of work. To be recognized, after all, is one of the most uplifting things one can hear.
Praising and complimenting adds to the Light. It adds to the Light of the one giving the praise as well as the one receiving it.
It is equally uplifting to praise and acknowledge others. Unless one is filled with insecurities and has poor self-esteem and low self-worth, it is then almost impossible for such an individual to extend any form of recognition. In all likelihood, that individual is not capable of self-praise which renders them incapable of praising others.
I know very well what it feels like to not be appreciated, dismissed, and disregarded. I have a deep-seated unmet childhood need for approval. Might as well throw into the mix validation, affirmation, acceptance, and acknowledgment.
My deep wounds have made me ultra-sensitive to rejection and dismissal. They have also made me hungry, thirsty, needy, almost desperate for acknowledgment, recognition, and appreciation.
Thankfully, my dedication to healing such wounds made me discover the gifts beneath them. I’ve learned to give to myself what I did not receive in my childhood — and without expecting them from others.
Appreciation. Recognition. Praise. Acknowledgment. I now give these to myself — whether or not I receive them from others.
Thankfully, I now know how to appreciate and honor myself. To praise and recognize my every endeavor. To celebrate the Love, Light, and Truth that is me. To give myself permission and encouragement to keep on expressing myself and beaming my Light in whatever way gives me the most joy.
Likewise, my deep wounds and commitment to self-healing and self-mastery have made me so much more generous in extending praise and recognition to others. In complimenting them even for the most so-called minuscule contribution.
In fact, many times, I end up having to be the one reminding others to celebrate their success — even those that they consider small feats. Oh, are we such creatures of being so hard on ourselves! 🙂
Aligning With Truth Turns Six!
During my first year of blogging, you cannot imagine how I was so caught up with how many ‘likes’ or comments I’d receive. I was constantly checking the site stats! 😀
I’m no longer as invested in that, thankfully.
But I will admit that I do get disappointed still, albeit slightly, when the response that I receive falls short of my expectations.
Obviously, I haven’t quite fully embodied the principle of writing, blogging, and sharing just for the sheer joy of doing so. I’m still attached to the effect or outcomes of my writing endeavors.
This blog site and blogosphere is one venue through which I’m able to hone and master the skill of celebrating myself without depending on external recognition.
This month of November, on the occasion of this site’s sixth anniversary, I’m setting the intention of writing, blogging, and sharing just for the sheer joy and pleasure of doing so. To be fulfilled and content with the mere act of writing, blogging, and sharing.
As Aligning With Truth turns six, moving forward, may I find myself in that Sacred Space of Fullness and Wholeness sans the [desperate] need for acknowledgment and recognition. (Oh, but I still welcome it, and I will most certainly be grateful for the acknowledgment and recognition! Just sayin’…….just in case you, the Universe misinterpret what I just said…. 😉 )
And for those of you, dear readers and followers who have acknowledged, appreciated and honored my writing and my Light, and even the ‘silent’ readers, I’m eternally grateful, honored, and humbled. I so appreciate your visits, your time, the kind and thoughtful comments, and the Gift of your Presence. They fuel me to keep coming back to the page/keyboard/screen. Please know how I so appreciate your Love and your Light! ❤ 🙏
I AM ever-grateful and look forward to another year of connecting and sharing authentically, of honoring and loving each other deeply, and generously supporting and encouraging each other’s unique expressions and creations!
Much Love, Big, Big Hugs, & the Brightest of Blessings to all!!! Om Shanti. Namaste.
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