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“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious.  You get to choose how you use it.  You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.”
~Anna Taylor

 

It’s a wonderful feeling being romantically involved with another human being. To revel in the company of another, expressing love as openly as you receive it. Infatuation is a marvellous feeling, being in love is even more sublime. But how many of you pay as much attention to yourself as you do your significant other?

 

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
~Eleanor Brownn

 

Many people lose themselves in the affair of loving others, putting so much of their energy in satisfying the needs of someone else that they forget their own needs and over look how special THEY are. When it comes to building relationships, self-neglect seem to be an accepted norm! The longer the relationship, the wider the gap between loving yourself and loving the another person as self-neglect is often masked as loyalty.

 

Shifting your self-perception, feeling self-worth requires you to acknowledging the person staring back at you in the mirror, becoming more self-aware accepting that the love you share with another must first be shared with yourself. You don’t have to make any drastic changes in your life because loving yourself is a life long event, it comes in bits and pieces. First, with you doing some serious soul searching, second, accepting for who you are and third, forgive yourself of anything that may be holding you back.

 

Relationships come and go but you have to live with yourself forever.

 

**This is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday Serials, which speaks to Forgiveness and Personal Growth.

~Happy Friday

 

©Etta D. Richards

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