L is for Love Yourself

I love me (or at least I'm trying to)We’re told to “love your neighbour as yourself”, which presupposes we do love ourselves, but in truth we’re not always even nice to ourselves.

What does loving yourself mean? Do you love yourself enough to allow yourself a break, with a bar of chocolate? Or do you love yourself enough to realise a better break would be to go for a run or walk and then eat fruit? Do you love yourself enough to feel sorry for yourself when things go wrong, or do you love yourself enough to take a stand and change things you don’t like?

Do you love yourself enough to give yourself time lounging in front of the TV, or do you love yourself enough to figure out what you really want from life and go out to get it?

What sort of love do you have for yourself? Is it the pitying love that allows you to wallow in the knowledge that other people don’t see how wonderful you are? Is it the sort of jealous love that says you’re so much better than others they don’t matter and the only important one is you? Or is it the sort of love that sees what you are capable of and constantly pushes you into doing better, achieving more, being a better person all round?


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  1. Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A.

     /  April 13, 2013

    I’m all for the patient, compassionate self love that helps me grow and forgive myself for my foibles. Nice post…and fun to read about you from having to answer the award questions.
    Fellow A to Z’er

  2. I think our capacity to love grows, if we nurture it, allow it, experience it. And as we learn to love each other, we can also learn to love ourselves. But I think it takes concentrated thought, and action.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting


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