52 <— The number of hours I worked last week.
It won’t always be that way- thank goodness- we just happened to lose people at both of my jobs over the past few weeks so I covered extra shifts. But, surprisingly enough, I didn’t really mind it. I was having fun, being productive, and spent my days helping and interacting with people. I love that.
Now let’s share our thoughts over a virtual cup of coffee, shall we?
Anyone who works in customer-service understands how difficult people can be. There’s no getting around it. And if I had my jobs a year ago, I’m not sure I could have dealt with it. My OCD was at an all-time high and things had to be done my way, in my time. Of course, that’s not how life works and I was left bitter and constantly frustrated by the people around me. It was miserable for everyone involved.
I was convinced that this negativity was caused solely by the world around me. After all, I was doing everything “right” so it couldn’t be my fault, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Over the past few months I’ve learned something that completely turned my life around…
I learned to love myself.
It became obvious that the ‘flaws’ I was constantly finding in other people were actually manifesting from things that I didn’t love or accept about myself. I was unhappy with myself and the things in my life and carried that negativity around wherever I went. Of course, it turned into judgement.
I’m still not perfect (duh) but I’m more at peace with myself than I’ve ever been. I’ve learned that things in my life don’t have to be “perfect” to be good. I aim to stay positive, no matter what the circumstances. I look at the people around me, even difficult customers, and try find something beautiful about them. I love myself and am able to love those around me. My smiles are finally real.
How quick are you to judge the people around you? Do you constantly pick them apart to build yourself up? Unfortunately, we all do. But I encourage you to start being aware. Every time you start to judge someone, stop, breathe, and find something beautiful. You’ll be amazed by what you discover.
I know that 90% of my posts turn into life-lessons- I apologize if it’s not your jam. But, for me, this blog serves as a place to share my journey. As I change, grow, and free myself of past burdens, I want to bring you along. We all deserve to be happy and I know it’s possible. I’m here to prove it.
Here’s to loving ourselves AND others…