I consider myself a very humble person. In fact, most days I don't think I'm anything special. And I'm horrible at taking a compliment. If I do something different with my hair (aka, something other than put it up in a messy ponytail) I often say "ugh, yeah, but I'm going gray and it needs color". If I have friends over for dinner and they tell me my cooking is great, I respond with "it's just a very simple recipe and nothing special". Even when my husband tells me I'm beautiful, or smart, or funny, I roll my eyes and tell him I am not as great as he thinks.
Why can't I just take a compliment?
It's something that I'm working on. A very special person told me recently that I need to learn to love me for me and all the things that I offer to people. I talked to Tom a long time about this tonight. The problem is, I have a hard time seeing it. Besides struggling with the whole inner and outer beauty thing, I don't think the life I live is that special - I do what I do because I enjoy it... be it working, volunteering, exercising, cooking, laughing, shopping, sleeping, etc. Yes, I generally do good things. I live by the rule of "treat people as you would want to be treated". I am loyal and honest and hard working. I take risks, I love with all my heart, I'm not a quitter.
Do you struggle with this? Do you take compliments well? Do you love yourself for who you are and what you have to offer? Just some food for thought...
And the next time someone tells me something good about me, I'm going to work on just saying "thank you". Heck, I might even agree with them and say "Thank you, I am pretty awesome".