“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Everyday, we wake up, we crawl out of bed, we go to work and then we repeat it again the next day.
But do we make a change? Do we make a difference?
Mahatma Gandhi always knew what to say, and this has always been my inspiration in everything I do in life. We all have choices, and we can all choice to make a difference. Some of us rise to the occasion, by paying it forward in the Tim Hortons drive thru, or others go bigger and stand up for a cause, by volunteering their time or finding a cure for a disease.
Every little action or kind word signifies a change.
Self-esteem is one of those negative/positive words. I have low self-esteem (negative) I have high self-esteem (positive). Each one of us has a story that would follow that word.
If I said to you tell me about your self-esteem what would you say?
For me I can honestly say that I have better self-esteem. If you had asked me that question 10 years ago and I would have had to say NONE.
I know that I surprise people when I say I had no self-esteem. I tend to carry myself in a positive manner, I take care of myself the best I can and smile usually all the time. However, I was a victim of bullying and this caused me to not like myself. I always wished I was someone else. Always wished I was prettier, smarter and just not me. I use to get so angry and say why am I ME.
And I say was a victim because I am no longer a victim I am a survivor.
Okay where is this going? This all relates to my business. You see when I started The Perfectly Pampered Prince and Princess, I never planned it. I didn’t have a direction, I didn’t do my research and I didn’t go to the bank for money, it just happened.
And to me that means or says it was meant to happen, that I could be the change in the world because I understood what is like to have low self-esteem.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that every kid who has a party has a self-esteem issue, in fact there are so many who have great self-esteem. What I am saying is that at some point in my career I have met some kids who could use a little boost.
It is a known fact that as women, when we lose weight, get dressed up for an event, get our hair done or wear makeup, we feel different about ourselves. This is the same for a spa party. All of my clients are beautiful canvas’, we just do something to them that for that moment makes them feel different about themselves. It could be as simple as a sticky glitter on their cheek or a new up do with curls. What makes it a magical moment is that we are giving them attention.
Everyone is special, and everyone is complimented on how they look.
I remember a party in the beginning of my career where a beautiful girl was the guest. However she didn’t recognize her own beauty or maybe she was never told. After the party was finished she kept looking at herself in the mirror. One of her friends came over and said Susie (name not true) you look so beautiful. I did not expect what happened next. Susie started crying. My first thought was wow what do I do. But I watched and those were tears of joy because it was evident she had not heard those words. Now granted makeup and hair should never define you as beautiful, but for Susie it had. The other girls were laughing and giggling, and Susie she was crying, but for all I know it may have been the only time in her life she had heard those words, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
And it was in that moment that my talents and that of my staff, did something to change someone. We gave Susie, two hours of happiness, and maybe it was something she could hold onto for the rest of her life.
The thing is we will never know, but it sure felt good.
If you have read this far thank you for staying with me. I just want to leave you with this thought. In life we never know what the story is. Each person is a book, and there are many pages and chapters to one’s life. If you are a child reading this, please think about your words and the impact they can have on someone’s life, good or bad they help to create the chapters in the book.
When you look at me look at my eyes. Some will say they are beautiful, some will say they are intense, but as a child some told me I looked like a frog!
Those scars took many years to heal, and I truly believe that my business happened out of fate, and is part of my journey. It taught me about other people and their struggles and it unleashed my passion for hair and makeup.
Always remember you play an important role in our world, and there is a reason you are who you are. Enjoy this video. And pay it forward.
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