As life happens, we often miss the little things. Like the fact that we are no longer the brunette we were when younger, and now have goldilockes-like hair that we wished we were born with. Or that we are in a relationship with a prince-charming-type who wines us and dines us and treats us just like we read about in fairy tales as we were growing up. We take our haves for granted and often worry about and feel less-than about our have nots. And yet, if our younger self could converse with who we have become, I bet they’d be pretty in awe, don’t you?
For those of you who have got lost in the day-to-day happenings and have missed the growth you’ve gone through over the past 10, 20 years, then take some time to think about this. Lay down one day when you have some time to kill and look at yourself from the eyes of your eight year old self. What does she like? What doesn’t she like? What impresses her? What concerns her?
I was told to do this activity during an eight-week course in Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR.) On occasion, I do this activity and I always find it quite heartwarming; quite eye opening.
- Jenny Jen
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