Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Self Love

Today, my Mom shared something with me that I wanted to share with all of you as well. It is so true, that you have to love yourself before you can fully love others. It begins with you. Appreciate yourself. Acknowledge yourself as someone who has everything to offer. Forgive yourself. And LOVE yourself.

Remember that when you wake up in the morning, and everything seems to not be going your way, that a fresh start can begin at any point in the day. Don't say, well I woke up this morning to a screaming kid, the realization that I had started my period, and an empty pot of coffee; so therefore the whole day is ruined and going to suck. Perhaps the morning was indeed suck-ish, but do your best to deal with it, get a handle on things, and then say to yourself "OK, lets start over". There will always be bumps in the road, big and small. Remind yourself that you can overcome them. And in the grand scheme of things, do the little bumps REALLY even matter?

The following is an excerpt from the book "Each Day a New Beginning".

"The struggle to love one another may be a daily one for us, and it is made more difficult because we are still stumbling in our attempts at self-love. Many of us have lived our whole adult lives feeling inadequate, dull, unattractive, fearing the worst regarding our relationships with others.

But this phase, this struggle, is passing. We see a person we like in the mirror each morning. We did a task or a favor yesterday that we felt good about. And when we feel good about our accomplishments, we look with a loving eye on the persons around us. Self-love does encourage other love.

Self-love takes practice. It's new behavior. We can begin to measure what we are doing, rather than what we haven't yet managed to do, and praise ourselves. Nurturing our inner selves invites further expression of the values that are developing, values that will carry us to new situations and new opportunities for accomplishments, and finally to loving the person who looks back at us every morning.

Self-love makes me vulnerable and compassionate towards others. It's the balm for all wounds; it multiplies as it's expressed. It can begin with my smile."

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