Wednesday, August 25

a Pat on the Back!

Joanne complimented me yesterday on how good Bruce the Horse looked, and I immediately pointed out that he was still unsound, his mane needed trimming and he'd lost a lot of muscle tone.
Then we both started giggling.

Why oh WHY do we never accept a compliment graciously, revel in the satisfaction of having done something well and give ourselves a pat on the back.

Last night, reading Emma's post over at the wonderful Mimi and Tilly  much of the narrative struck a chord as she recounted her Creative Year, and I won't duplicate her insightful words.

So, today I'm cutting myself some slack, silencing the harsh self-criticism, and celebrating all the things that I might not necessarily do well (see, it's crept straight back in!) but that I attempt and enjoy.

We're quick to praise someone else, so reach round for a little self-congratulation and lets get patting NOW!

13 comments:

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

What a great post! I'm polishing my halo as I type. SueXXX

Jee said...

Oh yes, Elaine, lets all say hurrah for us - life's full of critics! (or is that just my household?)

Mimi and Tilly said...

I love the idea of not being hard on ourselves. If you're anything like me it's sometimes easier said than done! Thank you for posting a link to my post. I really appreciate your feedback. It's lovely to know you can relate to my experiences over the past year. And, according to my friend, the creative bathroom cleaning and bed-making takes a little bit of practice before it becomes habit! Em xx

Autumn Mist said...

I totally agree. It's so easy to focus on the negative. I find it especially when schooling my horse. I always focus on the, "Well he can't do this, and he can't do that," and don't realise how far I've come with a horse who is no longer bad mannered and bolshy, who lets me clip him, rides through water and takes out a youngster in heavy traffic. Do you know what I mean? Thanks for this post, it makes us think!

Purrfect Haven said...

yep... its so true - lets all hear it for OURSELVES and EACH OTHER - hip hip .... Helenx www.happinesskindled.blogspot.com

Sherri B. said...

Good advice. I have this problem also, I will do my best today to give myself some credit for a job well done. Thanks!

Cheap2Chic said...

I can never take a compliment about myself, if I'm told I look nice (clothes wise) I always say "oh it was only 50p from a boot sale". Why do I do this? aint got a clue!

Sue said...

Great idea but I can guarantee that tomorrow I will be back to my same old ways.

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

I'm a Virgo and we are always our own worse critics. Dreadful habit I know but for today I will not laugh when I get a compliment - anyone want to give me one I promise not to snigger.

Poppy's Place said...

Hi Elaine, I have loved catching up with your blog after only being away for just over a week! I would love to give you a compliment and say you brightened my day with your kind comments when I was feeling very down. I'm very grateful. Jane xx

Sylvia said...

Someone once said to me : if someone gives you a compliment, just say 'thank you' !
We had some sunny days last weekend, on Monday it was raining cats and dogs :-(
Nice evening,
Sylvia

Menopausal musing said...

'tis really hard to take a compliment isn't it? Thanks for this post and the link..... it made thoughtful reading. Definitely time to be less hard on ourselves.

sandiart said...

I am giving you a clap and a pat on the back, why oh why are we so hard on ourselves. I say thank you now when ever someone pays me a compliment (as Sylvia says above)because I realised we are putting them down if we don't acknowledge that they have done/said something nice.
Sandi xx

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