Heart on Your Sleeve – Monday Motivation #27
So, I was at the mall the other day and I saw this mannequin in a store window.
It was headless, alabaster and shoeless, despite the apparent lack of pop-culture-beauty.
But it was so inspiring that I snapped a photo.
It reminded me of an idiom about someone wearing their heart on their sleeve, showing how they feel in a way that’s obvious to others.
And that got me thinking:
Why is it that so often, people feel like wearing your heart on your sleeve is such a bad thing?
Margaret Thatcher actually once said: “To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”
Too often, we often hide away our emotions in fear of having our hearts broken. Afraid to reveal our true feelings, we decide to shrink them into little insignificant things.
What? This old rag?”
(says the woman who spent an entire day and far too much money on her outfit)
Many times, we publicly give our feelings the same dismissive “old rag” attitude.
I rebuke the concept that my feelings should be a secret; I believe sharing them is precisely what connects us to one another – and makes us feel bonded.
Instead, when it comes to wearing shirts, if they have great emotions on their sleeves (or collars or chests or backs), I’M IN!
Self-love on display
Wearing a shirt with a huge:
I ❤ ME!
emblazoned across the chest is such an amazing message to the world but also to yourself.
Every time you look in the mirror, you’ll be reminded of your worthiness, your positive self-image … your self-love.
Why not announce it to the world?
Wear it on your chest?
Or as Kevin Hart might say:
“Say it with your chest!”
I think hiding away your feelings – ESPECIALLY when they are positive feelings about yourself – takes away the value of the emotions themselves.
And in the case of self-love, it diminishes the value of YOU.
You’re far too important to try to seem smaller than you really are.
I didn’t buy the shirt that day (I spent far too much on other necessities), but I came away with a phenomena message that resonates even now.
“Check you out,” the message says, “you are pretty damned amazing.”
I go to the mirror and check myself out.
Smiling, I wink at my reflection and I say
“I LOVE ME!”
I’d love your thoughts and comments. What makes you feel the most joyful about the person you are? When do you notice it? And what techniques do you use to hold onto that feeling for as long as possible?