Imagine a world without mirrors
This Thursday's #POP comes from a children's book you might have read growing up, No Mirrors in Nana's House. A book written by Ysaye M. Barnell, but brought to life by Chris Raschka illustrations in this video!
Preston Whitmore's 2002 film, Civil Brand, brought me to this weeks Pinch of Positivity. This film was about a group of female inmates who stood up against the abuse and corruption within a female institution. These women were mistreated and the mental + physical pain caused by the men of their past made them feel powerless. In fact, one male guard was misusing his power. In the film, Preston show how these women transform from victims to warriors as they reclaim there power back. They had time to self-reflect, consider their value and evaluate what was genuinely importantly to them. Being inside that prison without the influence and diversion of media helped them learn to appreciate themselves and the world around them. This was reflected through the verses of, No Mirror in Nana's house written by Ysaye Barnwell. It was later sung by her and the African American Acapella ensemble that she was a part called, Honey in the Rock. I realized something as I watched these women be stripped of everything and spend long days in confinement with strangers. I realized that they didn't have a mirror or the distraction of new clothes or the next trend. With all of that taken from them, they were able to focus on the little things in life and what was important to them. Their one concern in this film was changing or making the best out of their current circumstance and that's how the world should be.
Ysaye Barnwell writes about a little girl who discovers the beauty in herself as well as the world around her, by only looking into her Nana's eyes.
This makes me wonder how well off the world would be if we removed all mirrors. Everybody is constantly stressed over what they look like, what's hot and what is the most up to date innovation. Many people spend a lot of time and money trying to look good for other people and for social media. Beauty originates from inside you and nature around you, so you should take advantage of what you and the world have to offer. Take time to figure out how to value all aspects of yourself or else you will be stuck trying to please others.
Stop stressing over the trends!
Use social media less.
Be in the moment, you can miss out on the joys of world if you’re distracted.
Try a cleanse.
Try to cleanse yourself of something that you use frequently such as your phone or laptop to remind yourself that you don't need it.
Take a walk or meditate
Get fresh air from school, work and technology. Take advantage of the beauty of nature. Learn how enjoyable it can me to be alone.
Take a ME day
Make a day for yourself. Pamper yourself, get organized, or whatever you need to tend to your mental/physical health.
Learning more about yourself and accepting yourself is the best feeling. Trust me, it took a while before I could say that I adored every part of myself. With the media trying to tell you how you should look or what you should wear, it can be easy to think that you aren't enough. Well, The Positivity Brand is here to tell you that you are enough and never let anyone tell you otherwise because you're giving them the power to change you. Don't change for anybody but yourself!
#CelebrateSelfLove. Live It Up!
Remind yourself what you adore about yourself!
It's easy to point out your flaws, but always remember what makes you awesome.
Let go of what you can't control, however change what you can.
It's not your business to change people and most circumstances you can't, so focus on improving yourself.
Separate yourself from negative influences.
"If it interferes with your peace, do without it."
Make time for yourself and do what YOU want to do.
We never want to disappoint our friends, however its important to spend time with yourself.
Don't compare yourself.
Nobody is perfect! Everyone is unique and are at different stages in life. Don't put yourself down because you are basing your situations off where other people are in their lives. "Comparison is the Thief of Joy"