Loving Me!

I took a two month break from writing. I like to do that once in a while to recharge my batteries and come back to you refreshed. Well, I am back from some deep introspection and I am ready to take a new look at what makes us humans tick.

Do you love yourself? That’s a question most people don’t like to answer since a lot of us grew up with the idea that loving ourselves is selfish. That would be one extreme that is not really self-love. The other extreme is to ignore this person who is with you all the time…you!

Have you ever done something that you were really proud of and no matter how many compliments you received, the best compliment of all was a sense of deep sense of inner satisfaction. That’s a spark of self-love.

You were created with the ability to love…yourself first. You cannot really love someone else or receive love until and unless you can love who you are just the way you are. The oil that lubricates healthy emotions is self-love. The salve that heals the pain often caused by human interaction is self-love. The gate that opens your heart to receive all that is good from life is called self-love. The main key to parenting emotionally healthy children is self-love.

Over the next few weeks, I want to explore this topic with you as we look at self-love from many angles and how easy it is to miss out on the best event in your life…you!

Most humans are very hard on themselves because they often fail to see what is good about themselves. To make matters worse they often surround themselves with people who don’t love themselves so they proceed to demean anyone they have to deal with. I want to offer some ideas that will often be out of the box, yet have proven to work when it comes to building a healthy self-image.

Until my mid-thirties I didn’t like myself and I had perfected the art of pretending that I did. Then one day I encountered a very insightful individual who called me a yellow three dollar bill. I should have been insulted, but I wasn’t because he was right. Because of issues from my childhood, I was convinced that my very survival depended on me not being real. As I explored who I really am and learned to accept that, I discovered a new world where people really liked me, the real me.

I invite you to keep an open mind as I share these tidbits with you. You don’t always have to agree with me, that’s not required. Venture with me out of our traditional box and let’s take a look at the beauty that resides in each of us and let’s learn to appreciate it and love it. You see I am still learning to accept the fact that God does not make anything that’s unlovable. God actually calls loving yourself one of the greatest commandments.

Love your neighbor as yourself. Matt 22:39

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