“Love yourself or no one else will.” Anonymous
We often find it easier to sing the praises of others than to appreciate our own unique traits and gifts that we have to offer. And yet, love always begins with us because we must first believe that we are worthy and deserving of receiving love from another person.
Just think, there is no one else in the entire world just like us. No one else has the exact same combination of traits, looks, dreams, and goals, wouldn’t you agree?
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to love someone who is cheerful, upbeat, self-confident, and charismatic?
Besides which, people who love and believe in themselves are more likely to have more friends and admirers. They also tend to shine in the work place because they recognize and take pride in their gifts, talents, and abilities. In fact, they even laugh more!
“Love yourself—accept yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” Dr. Leo Buscaglia
We have all been guilty of some form of self-reproach at one time or other because it’s only human to go through a stage or two of self-defeat or self-doubt now and then.
Sometimes we become critical of our looks, weight, and imperfections, but hopefully, we get through it and regain our love and respect for the many things which we can do.
When seeking love and romance, however, it’s imperative to put our best foot forward.
It’s definitely the time to concentrate on our special gifts and abilities and to emphasize the things that we’re most proud of.
“People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.” Sanaya Roman
I’ve heard it said that when we fall in love with ourselves, we see the world around us differently. I happen to agree.
“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you…what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.” C. JoyBell C.
By respecting ourselves, we are better able to nurture good health and wellness every single day so that others will think we are worthy of the best. It is also important to expect the very best to show up in our lives.
Here is one example of how I applied this expectation to my own life.
One day many years ago, I decided to embrace a new outlook and make a conscious shift in my thinking when I realized that I had developed the habit of parking my car in the center of my double car garage, thereby not allowing any room for a second car.
So I began parking on the left side with the expectation that a wonderful man would soon enter my life and park on the right. Two months later I met David. That was nearly ten years ago.
I know that by changing my thinking patterns and feeling deserving of the very best I helped lift limits which I had inadvertently placed on my life. Plus, I breathed new life into my dreams without giving in to “battle fatigue.”
We must all live like we believe we truly deserve the best and by expecting the very best to show up in our life.
We have only one precious life to live, so why not accept and respect ourselves just as we are rather than compare ourselves to others of the same age?
And while we’re at it, let’s choose others to be our friends who also think lovingly and kindly of themselves. We must always take pride in who we are and serve as models to others to love themselves no matter where we happen to be in this mysterious cycle of life.
NEXT WEEK: “Keeping Our Dreams for Our Life Alive!