Funny how life is, one minute we can feel on top of the world and the next minute we can feel like everything is crashing down around us. But the truth is, whether we like it or not life seeks expansion and growth. In other words, change is inevitable and with it comes the discomfort of growing into it. When we resist the call to expand we feel the pain of not going along. One of the greatest ways that we each grow into this life experience is by the measure of love that we offer ourselves.
Do you offer love to yourself daily? Do you speak with love to yourself daily? Do you reward yourself with good thoughts or conversations? Do you forgive yourself when you fall short of your expectations? Remember that loving ourselves is a requisite for refilling the emotional batteries that we each need when we offer love to anyone else. Just like an airline flight, we must secure our own masks that deliver love to us before caring for others. Once we have secured ourselves with love only then can we truly offer anyone else anything of value.
Loving ourselves ironically doesn’t come as naturally as one might think. Some of the most common ways we hold love back from ourselves are: depriving ourselves of good nutrition, not getting proper sleep, not giving ourselves loving words, giving lots of hugs, being upset or mad for any reason, holding onto sadness, thinking about things that bring us down and living in any situation that doesn’t tell you from that deep honest place within that you are loved and worthy of everything.
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” – Fred Rogers
I am love. I am joy. I am so very good.