What do you like about yourself? What do you dislike about yourself? Have you ever given this any thought?
A few months ago I was lead to write two lists, this first was what I like about myself and second what I dislike about myself. I quickly came up with a page full of dislikes but was at a loss on the like list. It took me several days, of serious soul searching before I was able to come up with a like to place on the list. A couple of weeks later I was able to come up with a second like to put on the list. My conclusion was that I really do not like myself – what an eye-opener!
This may seem like a silly exercise but for me it sparked a desire for change. I am tired of beating myself up. It is not what others think about us that matters, it is what we think about ourselves that counts. How we feel about ourselves has a direct impact on those closest to us. If we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31, Paraphrased from the Bible) than we need to start loving ourselves. It may take time but I am willing to put forth the necessary effort for me to see myself in a whole new light.
How we feel about ourselves impacts how we think, feel and behave. Loving self does not mean we are being selfish but instead it leads to a happier and healthier you. It may take time, little by little, but change and love of self is possible. Are you ready to take that first step towards loving yourself today?
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P.S. By the way, being fickle was at the top of my dislike list and I am already seeing this changing.