Sometimes, all it takes to feel better is to hear that someone, anyone, notices your hard work and can appreciate it. A lot of times though, it goes unnoticed.
And who wants to ask for appreciation? I’ll admit, I’ve asked for that validation in my life and more times than none, it doesn’t feel authentic enough to truly accept it. Asking for someone to say “I’m proud of you” is nearly the same as asking someone to tell you that they love you. You shouldn’t have to ask, right?
Anyway, I’m guilty on both ends… I want someone to notice, and to say something, but I think there are also times where I don’t say it nearly as much as I should… although, I always try.
So… I’m proud of you. I’m VERY proud of you.
I’m proud of you for making the world a better place, by being a good person.
I'm proud of you for being who you are.
I’m proud of you for taking care of your kids and raising them to be kind, gentle people but also tough enough to stand their own ground if push comes to shove.
I’m proud of you for taking care of your pets.
I’m proud of you for taking care of the housework and making that house a home.
I’m proud of you for going into work every day, even though you’d rather be on vacation.
I’m proud of you for forgiving them.
I’m proud of you for not eating that snack that you really wanted too… but knew you shouldn’t have.
I’m proud of you for treating yourself and allowing yourself whatever freedom you needed.
I’m proud of you for doing what you didn’t think you could do… Whatever that might be.
I’m just really proud of you.
Thanks for being here. Thanks for being an example of strength and honesty. This world needs compassion and hope. The world needs you.
I'd encourage you to let someone know you're proud of them. Especially moms, dads and partners.