don’t sweater it

We tend to focus more on our shortcomings than our strengths.  It seems that almost everyone is seeking to improve X, Y, or Z so that they can accomplish 1, 2, and 3.  This game of improvement is a handmaiden of goal-setting and progress, and it’s important that we play along in order to grow as individuals.  The trick of the game, however, is to consistently consider your strengths and remember to value the abilities that you already possess.

With that said, I present to you my horribly unartistic community chalkboard.  The handwriting is almost embarrassing, but I’m focusing on the idea more than the design.  You with me?

Most my mornings start when Kinzie licks my face left right and center to wake me up.  Sticky and slobbery, I walk her around the neighborhood so she can do her thing.  I put a sticky chalkboard along our route, and I plan to leave daily messages on the board.

I’m hoping to get a little more inventive with my messages each day.  I’m also hoping that someone writes back one day (hint hint).
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10 thoughts on “don’t sweater it

  1. I promise you would have a response on your community chalkboard if the commute wasn’t a little over 23 hours each way 😉

    This is such a great message though. We are all focusing on what we need to do in order to get better and fail to appreciate everything we already possess that is a true gift to others. And to be honest, I don’t think we can blame ourselves. I do it all the time and I see others around me do it also. When you are “good” at something, it flows, it comes easy to you, and it seems like it should come easy to everyone as a result. It’s nothing special. But, it isn’t natural for everyone. It’s a gift that you possess. When someone points out your gift, however, you need to be ready and willing to appreciate it, relish it, and let it feed your desire to do amazing things.

    Look to fill gaps, yes. But. more importantly, in my humble opinion, is to feed off your strengths. It’s how the amazing things in this world get accomplished 😉

    Thanks for yet another thought-provoking and insightful post 🙂

  2. Love it! Such a marvelous little message. Thankfulness for things we already possess seems to be evident sometimes only around Thanksgiving. Then it’s on to the next “goal” for the new year. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate our strengths! And you’ve obviously got some strengths in creativity! 🙂

  3. I love this post and it is so relative today for me! My whole life I was taught that I needed to improve in this way and that way to be accepted among my peers. From parents, family, school, peers, friends, lovers, spiritual leaders, society… we all get messages of how can we improve. I totally agree that we need to instead focus on what our strengths are. It’s a whole perspective thing. I love that!

    As a writer (and attempting to get published), I need to hear this. So many people are speaking to me and I need to remember that my writing and my book is a strength.

    As for your community chalkboard, I love it! I hope someone replies to your messages! If I didn’t live so far away, I would reply every day! 😀 Chalk is such fun!

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