Self-love and offering

“Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others.” - Fred Rodgers

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. 

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.