Day 8 #liftupforlent

ialac

I was born in the seventies to two mental health professionals. That means I was raised on Transactional Analysis (TA), which is rooted in the idea that  each individual is valuable and has the capacity for positive change and personal growth.  My childhood was filled with “I’m okay. You’re Okay” posters,  “Have you hugged your kid today?” bumper stickers and “Free to Be You and Me” books and records. That probably explains a lot to those who know me.

One of the books I had as a child was about the IALAC sign. It posits that we all start out our day with a sign around our neck that says “IALAC,” which stands for I Am Lovable And Capable. As we go through our day, we experience situations or people that damage our sign by convincing us that we not at all lovable or capable. We screw up something at school or work. Someone says something flippant about the way we act, look or perform. Another person criticizes a decision we made. Still someone else yells at us for something that wasn’t even our fault. Somedays, by the time we make it to the end of the day, so much has been torn away from our sign that we can hardly recognize or even remember what it said.

Today, imagine everyone you meet is wearing one of those IALAC signs. Be intentional about not tearing away at their sign.  Be especially aware of those who look as if their sign has already taken a beating today and see what you can do to help repair it.

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