Is it wrong to love yourself? Some people think so. They think of people who love themselves as being rather unpleasant, selfish and conceited.
But loving yourself is not the same as being in love with yourself. This is usually a form of bravado indulged in by individuals who think too little of themselves and desperately try to hide it.
To love yourself, you don’t have to do everything perfectly. You don’t have to prove anything. You don’t even have to do your best.
Self-love benefits others too, for only when you have love for yourself can you share it with others. Disliking oneself is no way to spread love and help others to feel better about themselves.
Self-acceptance is closely related to self-love. Self-acceptance means acknowledging what you are and respecting all aspects of yourself.
It does not mean giving up on yourself. If there’s something you want to change that is worth changing, change it. Do it lovingly.
As your capacity for self-love grows, other changes occur too. You become more tolerant, calm, compassionate and peaceful. Others feel better in your presence (animals are also very quick to pick up on this.) You instill calmness and confidence in others.
©David Lawrence Preston 18.1.2017
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