I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. It has taken me years to love and appreciate this verse and fully embrace the person that I was created to be. It is one of my favorite verses now. Speaking of the person that I was created to be, today is International Being You Day. Yes, it is a day on the calendar. First recognized in 2021 and created by Dr. Dain Heer, it’s celebrated annually on May 22nd.
So, what is International Being You Day? It’s a day to celebrate the unique person that you are. Yes, it’s all about you today!! Sometimes we can be so consumed by other people’s opinions of us and their expectations that we forget what it means to truly be our authentic selves. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
What would the world look like if we were to let go of any insecurities, comparisons, and judgments and embrace our uniqueness? What if we focused on our God-given gifts and talents versus focusing on things that don’t serve us or matter? Let’s acknowledge the contributions we bring to the world. We are here because we matter. We have a purpose. We are enough, and what a privilege it is to be ourselves and to be alive!!
What are your best features? Is it your eyes or your smile? What are things you do well? Are you a great planner? Do you have great organizational skills? Are you good at problem-solving? What do others compliment you for? Are you a great cook or baker? Write it all down, or write a gratitude letter to yourself. You work hard, so take some time for yourself today. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t? Today is a great day to try it! Treat yourself!! Buy something nice or take yourself out to lunch or dinner. You deserve it!
Today and every day, you are the gift. Be you! Love you and celebrate you!!
Article Written by: Janet Downs| Janet Downs is an instructor with over 20 years of experience, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. She volunteers and is a resource for the homeless community and is working towards starting her own non-profit. She’s passionate about mental health and seeks to bring more awareness to the black community. She is active in church ministry, a writer, and loves music, hiking, and travel.