“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”
― C.G. Jung
Welcome to my new Wednesday blog, different tagline, same inspiring content. Last week it was noted that I would be dropping my “Wellness Wednesday” tagline. So after much consideration, I’ve decided to this one, “Wonderful Wednesday” because life is sometimes filled wonderful experiences.
Self–esteem is how you think about yourself. Being confident means being comfortable with how you look and how you feel. And it means feeling good about yourself, your abilities and your thoughts. Sometimes your confidence can come and go depending on the situation you’re in.
You all know about “self-love.” You know-“Love yourself before you love someone else. You have to appreciate yourself before you can appreciate others.” It is a fact that self-love can only be obtained by having compassion for yourself. So you can appreciate and do considerate deeds for others. But until you do for yourself, nothing you do for others is genuine, you cannot give something that you don’t yourself possess.
You know the adage about “self-love.” You know! “Love yourself before you love someone else.” Well, it’s true, say it as many times as you want. You can never love another person until you learn to love yourself; you have to appreciate yourself before you can appreciate others. Self-love gives birth to Confidence, the more you love yourself the more confident you become and this can only be obtained by having compassion for yourself. So you can appreciate and do considerate deeds for others. But until you do for yourself, none of those things you do for others matters, you cannot give something that you don’t yourself don’t have.
Following the path to gaining self-confidence and working on you is complicated because we tend to put more time into others than we do ourselves. I am a constant work in progress, as most of you probably are. No one’s perfect! But we tend to so judgemental of our person and abilities. We find flaws in ourselves that others don’t see. We subject ourselves to criticism, and doubt.
“Oh, my nose is too big.”
“I’m too skinny.”
“My lips aren’t full enough”
” I wish I were taller.”
“I’m not smart enough”
Any of these sounds familiar?
Sometimes learning to love yourself is as simple as:
- Discovering who you are and what you love about yourself.
- Finding what you love and doing it.
- Being less judgmental of yourself and others.
- Resolving issues that may be holding your back.
- Treating yourself to something good.
- Caring about your appearance and your health.
Learn to love yourself and love the world again.
©Etta D. Richards