“Look at what I made, Grandma! It’s a sculpture, it’s my creation!”
“That’s absolutely amazing, T! Make sure you put it in a safe place so I can see it the next time I visit, OK?”
And then he was off to play with the little girl next door.
“Gotta go, Grandma, Em’s waiting for me!”
Oh my heart. He’s FIVE YEARS OLD.
That gave us time for Dad to share an incredible story about Angel Girl 2.0. During her bath the previous evening, she stood up, put her arms around herself in a big hug, and said, “I love myself.”
Then she said, “Daddy love yourself, too.” directing him to give himself a hug.
C was napping, so I wasn’t able to chat with her.
T came back for a moment to grab a pile of grapes to share with his friend.
“Hi, Grandma! I’m still playing out front, you know how we do that, right? Em’s chasing me.”
“Hey T, do you love yourself?”
He said, “I love YOU, Grandma”.
“Oh, T, I love you, too. But do you love yourself?”
“Yes, Grandma, I love me too.” (I swear, it’s like talking to a teenager.)
And off he ran.
That boy. *Shaking my head.*
Where and how does a two-year-old acquire that kind of healthy self love? One of my favorite lady docs first shared with me Louise Hay’s suggestion to look in the mirror every day and say, “I love you” to my reflection. At first I scoffed, too embarrassed to look at myself any other way but critically, but because I liked and respected that doc so much, I gave it a try. And kept doing it until it wasn’t so weird. After that, I did some of Hay’s Mirror Work and Inner Child exercises. It’s tough work, that’s for sure, but insightful and nourishing.
That this little girl already has such a beautiful light spirit is glorious. Imagine if everyone felt that way, the world would be a very different place.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…
Try this Louise Hay Mirror Work exercise for a better morning routine:
- When you first wake up in the morning and open your eyes, say these affirmations to yourself: Good morning, bed. Thank you for being so comfortable. I love you. This
is a blessed day. All is well. I have time for everything I need to do today.
- Now take a few more minutes to relax and let these affirmations flow through your mind, then feel them in your heart and throughout the rest of your body.
- When you’re ready to get up, go to your bathroom mirror. Look deeply into your eyes. Smile at that beautiful, happy, relaxed person looking back at you!
- As you’re looking in the mirror, say these affirmations: Good morning, [Name]. I love you. I really, really love you. There are great experiences coming our way today.
- And then say something nice to yourself like: Oh, you look wonderful today. You have the best smile. I wish you a terrific day today.