This week I read a great article on Livestrong called “How to Be Proud of Yourself”. I’ll admit that when I first read the title, I rolled my eyes—being proud isn’t something that most people I come in contact with struggle with—but after reading the article and doing a little bit of research, I think the topic is one that deserves some attention.
Be the best.
We live in a society that pushes being the best. Being the strongest, being the skinniest, being the most beautiful, being the smartest, being successful…the list goes on and on. And in the face of such impossible demands, it’s easy to end up despising yourself, or at least certain aspects of yourself. “Dissatisfaction”, being “critical”, having “problem areas” or “negative character traits”, “self-loathing”. Everyone has a different way of referring to it, but in the end it all means the same thing: you have taken your measure and found yourself lacking.
When scrutinized by ourselves, by strangers, by society as a whole, it becomes almost impossible not to only see the flaws. What many people don’t realize is that this personal dissatisfaction can lead to depression and anxiety disorders; keep you from sleeping well; cause irritability, sadness, anger, frustration; result in lashing out at yourself or the people around you; lead to an eating disorder; and decrease your overall quality of life.
At Northeast Nebraska Imaging, we understand just how hard it can be deal with the pressure of society, to constantly strive to be the best. But we don’t agree with the message that society is sending. We’d like to alter it a little to reflect a mantra that we hold dear:
Be the best that you can be.
Take this next statement to heart, and try to remember it whenever you’re feeling discouraged.
The best you isn’t a size 4. The best you isn’t a CEO. The best you isn’t 12% body fat with a six-pack. The best you doesn’t drive a Lamborghini or live in a mansion.
The best you lives for the moment. The best you sees the beauty in the world. The best you knows your flaws and understands that they’re what makes you you, what makes you beautiful, what makes you unique. The best you has a positive mindset. The best you rises above the superficial demands of society and looks deeper. The best you sees the strengths. The best you loves, accepts, and is proud of yourself, no matter what.
Our staff is always striving to be the best that we can be. To be a quality resource for those seeking help with their health, to form deeper relationships with our patients, to be a confidant, to offer guidance, to show our support, to always be there for out patients. We love who we are, we love what we stand for, and we love what we do. Our wish is that our patients feel the same way about themselves.
“One of the things I’ve learned is that when you fight for something you believe in and you tell the truth and you do your best, you can always hold your head up high and no one can take that away from you.” –Vanessa Kerry