Self-Love Is Self-Respect.
Self-Love to me is exactly what the word implies, how much do you love yourself.
There are many factors to that.
Self-respect has a lot to do with how much you truly love yourself.
The more you fall in love with yourself, your perception of the reality you live due to the story you tell, comes into focus.
As you become of the story you tell yourself and others every day, you may realize that the words are not your own.
We are all programmed.
Programmed by well-meaning parents and teachers etc, because they want you to live your best life on their terms.
Don’t get me twisted, I mean older generations teach the younger generation what they think is best.
We are thankful for that.
In the spirit of growth, ‘the student will surpass the master’.
I recently heard this expression:
‘Live for yourself. Not for what others perception of what life should be’
The other quote that has caught my attention is:
‘What you think of me is none of my business’
There is also a book of the same name by Terry Cole-Whittaker.
I am very keen to dive into that book soon.
Believe it or not, but the comprehension of those quotes will give you a sense of confidence.
That is who you can measure your self-respect meter.
Falling in love with oneself is putting your dreams first.
You don’t react when others make judgments about you.
It also leads to forgiveness.
Forgiveness of self, letting the past be the past.
A changed perspective opens the mind to mistakes are learning lessons.
Self-respect also guides you to set up boundaries.
The more you grow some people in your life will take a step back.
You may even take a step away from them.
Boundaries are a good thing.
There may be friends and family members who don’t understand.
They will project their insecurities onto you.
That is the fact.
As you become closer to your inner being things like that won’t bother you anymore.
I had someone in my life that used to do that to me.
I tolerated them in my life because they are family.
That person would constantly berate my life choices and did not wish for me to interact with their partner; in fear that my adventurous lifestyle would make them look inadequate.
I do not behave in a way they thought is normal.
That comment made me understand that their perception of my life is based on their insecurities and has nothing to do with me.
You can gain a lot of insight when you listen.
That is why I distanced myself from them.
Life is too short to be surrounded by haters.
This awakening all came to be because I have respect for myself.
I don’t need to go out and get it from anybody else.
This is self-love.
This is self-respect.
I am firm in my belief that I am loved and supported.
I wake up every morning with that belief and fall asleep in the arms of my inner being.
Having fun on my journey with eyes full of adventure, imagination, and wonder.
Live your life from the inside out and your life will change.
Thank you for letting me share.
Be kind. Be well. Smile.