September is the month of
I wondered why.
So, I "googled" it up on my computer...
Google explained that, it's "the official Self-Improvement Month because it marks the end of one era (summer) and the start of a new one (fall). Self-Improvement Month is a time to reflect on all you've accomplished this year before identifying which goals you still need to work toward."
I also wanted to know what they consider Self-Improvement..."The definition of self-improvement is pretty self-explanatory: Self-improvement is the improvement of one's knowledge, status, or character by one's own efforts. It's the quest to make ourselves better in any and every facet of life."
Google also had eight great tips to help us get our lives on track:
After considering all of these self-improvement tips, I've come to realize that I have some work to do! But I'm confident that if I take one step at a time I think that I can achieve what I'm striving to improve upon.
Hey, listen, we're all works in progress. I think that being gentle with oneself and knowing that we're not going to accomplish everything in a day is, in itself, a great step forward. After all, we're human and humans are going to make mistakes and "skin our knees"...the success lies in picking oneself up off the floor and starting over again. Mistakes are just ways to learn and grow. I would venture to say that learning from our mistakes is a part of self-improvement as well.
When I was teaching Dagger how to paint, I realized after working with him for a while that I had run into a proverbial stone wall. I was having trouble streamlining his technique. It was then that I reached out to Dagger's Professional Trainer, Lauren, and asked her to tutor Dagger. Little did I know that she was actually tutoring me! On her first visit she worked with Dagger for a few minutes and he "got it" immediately. She told me that Dagger knew what to do after a few tries with her. It was my apprehension and lack of confidence that Dagger felt when he worked with me. My question to Lauren was always, "What mistakes am I making?" Lauren told me that I wasn't making any mistakes at all, Dagger just didn't feel that I had the confidence to get the job done. Therefore, the lack of confidence I felt then traveled from me right down his leash and into him. After close to two months of tutoring me, Lauren felt that I was able to give it a go on my own. I will never forget the feeling I had when we were newbies at this new adventure. In retrospect, I guess I needed Lauren to help me improve myself. And here I thought it was Dagger that needed the help. What a self-discovery that was for me and... might I add... a self-improvement to learn that "you can always teach an old dog new tricks"...AND that old dog was ME!! I'm glad I made the call to Lauren because she certainly taught me that sometimes we need the improvement more than we think.
We all have our stories about how we've tried and failed. The key to trying and failing is to gently give ourselves a pass and begin to make those improvements needed to succeed again and again. It's a growing process. An everyday evolution of self-discovery and self-improvement.
As I reflect on how far Dagger and I have come, I am filled with a sense of pride and gratification. I know that we have a ways to go, but our organic journey continues as we learn, create and inspire.
I will be taking this month of September to
explore all of the ways I can improve myself.
Happy Self-Improvement Month!
Be well and Stay safe!!
Happy Tales to you,
* Google: self improvement month
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written by Yvonne Dagger