Can you look in the mirror and say that you love yourself and really mean it? Can you accept yourself for who you are? Do you enjoy spending time with yourself? Do you engage in something on a regular basis to promote self-development? Do you take care of yourself?
At first glance, these questions may seem egotistical, but if you really examine them, they are not. These questions prompt an individual to take a good, long look at himself. It motivates him to slow down and determine how he really sees himself. There is a phrase of wisdom that spans eons. It says to love your neighbor as you love yourself. I used to focus only on loving your neighbor until I examined the entire saying. I started wondering how people felt about themselves. I wanted to know whether people actually loved themselves.
As I studied human behaviors, I found that some people did not love themselves. Not only did they not love themselves, they didn’t like themselves. This let me know that they couldn’t truly follow this saying of loving others if they didn’t start with the basis of loving themselves.
One may ask, how does one know if he loves himself? If he looks at the way he treats his body, is that love? If he examines what he allows to linger in his mind, is that love? Would he consider the things he allows others to do to him to be love? Are the things he’s exposing himself to love?
If a person refuses to take care of himself, no one else will. If he refuses to set boundaries for himself, life will throw him anything. If he refuses to move in positive directions, negative forces will pull him downward.
Know that is not a crime to love yourself. Invest in yourself. Encourage yourself. Pamper yourself. Spend time with yourself. If you do these things in moderation, you’re more likely to be able to follow those words of wisdom and extend love to others as you shower love upon yourself.