By: Megan Wordsworth, Guest Blogger
I regularly take part in a trauma group, which is a wonderful therapy group designed to help women move past their past trauma(s) and continue on with their lives. We usually do not discuss any specific details of our past trauma; instead we leave it in the past and focus on moving beyond it. In the past few sessions we have started discussing a little bit further into our pasts, and our homework was to write a love letter to one of the other girls in the group. The letter is intended to express compassion and love for that person for overcoming such traumatic events, and I decided that I wanted to write a letter to all of the girls, not only in the group, but to all the girls in the world who feel insignificant.
“YOU are truly loved. Every part of YOU was specially crafted and designed by God, the maker of the universe. No one can be YOU, but YOU. No matter what YOU believe about yourself YOU have a special purpose that no one else can ever achieve, but YOU. YOU might feel “not good enough,” “not pretty enough,” “not smart enough,” but remember that is what society wants YOU to believe. Instead, know that YOU are “good enough,” “pretty enough,” and “smart enough,” just the way YOU are. When YOU feel all alone with no one there for YOU, remember that God is watching over YOU. He will never give YOU more than YOU can handle. In fact, YOU are much stronger than YOU will ever know. I wish YOU could see the beauty, strength, and greatness that the world sees in YOU. Despite what YOU have been through, are going through, or will go through in the future, remember the words in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.” This letter will not take away the pain YOU are facing or have faced, but I hope it allows YOU to see at least a glimpse of the greatness that the world can see in YOU!”
Take measures every day to remind yourself how unique and special you really are. I recently started putting reminders in my phone to help me throughout the day. These reminders can be anything: mantras, quotes, Bible or spiritual verses, whatever it is that gives you assurance of yourself: do it!
We all need to check in with ourselves on a regular basis and take time to practice kindness and self-compassion!
- Give Megan's tip for kindness and self-love reminders a shot. Feed yourself inspirational quotes, texts, or photos that give you the daily dose of love you need and deserve!
Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, with the hope of gaining a career in the Entertainment Industry. As Vice-President of the North Carolina chapter of Project Heal, Megan is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.