“You have to love yourself because no amount of love from others is sufficient to fill the yearning that your soul requires from you.” ~ Dodinsky …
In this life, we need our love. We yearn for a committed relationship that brings to the forefront the value and worth that lies within us. You see, we are the most valuable commodity that we can ever possess during the time we brief this Earth; and without a loving personal relationship, we will be left feeling empty, incomplete. There will be a void in our souls that no amount of love from others can ever fill.
Unfortunately, many of us turn our eyes outwards towards things of this world to fulfill the yearning for love in our hearts. Alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, fame–all these deceiving ruses only draw our focus away from the incompleteness we feel within.
Seek within for the value and worth you possess. You are already worth the world–the pain and agony of death on a cross. The same loving God who created everyone else, created you with loving purpose. Accept and cherish the beautiful creation that you are–the wholeness of life that flows through your blood with every beat of your heart, and the wonder and beauty of your unique soul.
Show genuine love towards your inner self.
Questions to consider:
What does it mean to you to “love yourself?”
Where do you seek out the love that “your soul requires from you?”
Do you know people who genuinely respect and cherish themselves? How do you feel when you are around them?
For further thought:
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY.”
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT.”
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY.”
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE.”
As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY.”
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health–food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF.”
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY.”
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT.”
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART.”
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE!” ~ Kim & Alison McMillen, When I Loved Myself Enough