In June of 1993, I was a senior in high school. Graduation was just around the corner, and I could already taste the freedom of college life in the fall.
One of my classes that semester was a psychology course taught by an amazing teacher, Mr. Friedman. He had a real gift for connecting with students, and his class was so much fun.
On the last day of school, Mr. Friedman had us do an exercise.
He told us to write something nice about each of our classmates on little slips of paper. At the end of the exercise, each student had 30 slips of paper with 30 positive statements.
The notes were anonymous.
Later that night, I sat at my desk and read through the different notes. “You’re strong willed and smart.” “You’re hard working.” “You’re well behaved.” LOL!
The notes made me feel special, appreciated and loved.
When it came time to leave for college, I put my notes in a box and took them with me.
I’ve kept those slips of paper for 16 years, taking them out to read when I’ve felt blue or faced a big challenge in my life.
The notes have consoled me through many tough times, like those first lonely years of college, when it felt impossible to get my bearings.
I was reading through them last night when it hit me: we should totally write these notes to ourselves!
Get some slips of paper (a good amount, like 20-30), and on each one, write something positive or nice about yourself.
Keep them in a special box or jar, and set it aside someplace safe. That way, you can take them out whenever you need inspiration or strength.
Yeah, I know it’s a little cheesy, but a little cheese never hurt anyone (Mmm… gouda…).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,