I reminded myself that she is not alone in holding herself to such a marginal esteem. All too often we women—men too, but women especially—fail to recognize our own accomplishments. In a day and age when so much craziness is around us, we forget to make note of the inherent good that we contribute to the world. We women are the biggest offenders when it comes to lack of personal acknowledgment. We manage home, family, career and so much more, but we rarely manage to give an “atta-girl” to ourselves. Why is it so hard for us to think highly of our own accomplishments? Unfortunately, as women, we have become used to doing, because, “it’s what’s expected of us” or because “if we don’t do it, then who will?” I don’t think that it is wrong to assume these responsibilities, but how about assuming the credit for being a good person, a great mom or the kick-butt employee? I think that if we took more time to recognize the good that we do, we would instinctively do more good. If we only realized what a great role model we are to that young intern, the kid down the street or our own children—realize that the simplest things sometimes make the biggest impressions.
Some of my favorite commercials are the Liberty Mutual “good deeds” commercials. I love these commercials, because they spot light people doing good for others, but more importantly to me they focus on how those good deeds affect others. They make us aware of how our actions prompt such wonderful reactions. Similar to life, the commercials remind us that our smallest and most human gestures can have residually impactful effects on our world. A great example of this is Pass It On Baby. The impact that this labor of love has had on its recipients, donors and blog followers is indescribable. By acknowledging their desire to help and be impactful, Heather and Elizabeth have opened many doors that have allowed countless others to make a difference in so many lives—Awesome!