You are a wonderful person.knowyourself But you don’t need me to tell you that. You don’t need anyone to tell you that. You already know it.

Or, at least, you should.

Think about it. You spend hours and hours of time with your family, your friends, you colleagues. Think of the number of hours, days, years you’ll spend with someone before you know them well enough to decide if you like them, if you love them, if – perhaps – they could be the One.

But you spend every minute you’re alive with yourself. From the moment you’re born to the moment you die, you are the only person who has to constantly put up with you. You are the only person who doesn’t get a break from being in your company.

You may as well, for your own sake, be someone who is pleasant to be around.

And if you’re not sure if you are, why not?

There has got to be at least one nice thing about you. Maybe you just don’t realise yet what it is.

Think about the things you’re passionate about. Someone has that in common with you. Someone else might know nothing about it and still think it’s beautiful the way you get excited.

Think about your talents, your skills. Someone finds those fascinating. Someone wishes they were the kind of person who could do that.

Think about your goals and your dreams. Someone shares those. Someone doesn’t know how they’ll ever achieve them. Someone wishes they knew someone they could chase them with.

Remember that just because you have accepted the things that make you up as ordinary, doesn’t mean they’re not still incredible. Take a step back from yourself and try to see yourself from a distance.

If you saw someone else doing all the things you do, wouldn’t you be impressed? Wouldn’t you want to talk to that person? Wouldn’t you want to be their friend?

Don’t wait for someone else to point out how special you are before you learn to appreciate yourself. Don’t wait for someone to tell you you’re beautiful before you believe it. How can anyone else see it if even you can’t? You are as close to you as anyone will ever get. Don’t let the mundaneness of life get in the way of your view of you.

Once you can see what’s great about you – it’s there, you just have to know where to look – it’ll be so much more obvious to everyone around you. Without realising, you’ll wear it with pride. It’ll be in your smile and your gait and people will notice that there’s something about you that they want to discover.

When you know what’s great about you, it’ll make you happier. You’ll be more aware of your own worth. And when you know it, without the slightest effort, other people know it.

Love yourself and love comes to you.

Kirstie Summers,

Daily Zen.

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