Love has the capacity to heal…. Sometimes it takes ‘tough love’, but love nonetheless. Emotions like anger are powerful, but anger doesn’t hold a candle to love. Love conquers all.
We are taught that first we must love ourselves in order to love others completely. It’s not selfishness; it’s called humanness. Freeing oneself of the constant judgment of self and of others can help us achieve self-love. Judgment is inefficient, negative, and restrains us. How much more pleasant is it to look for—and then to find—what we like, rather than to sneer at and judge what we don’t? We want to find occasions for rejoicing, not disapproving.
If one needs help achieving self-love, have the courage to get that help, or encourage another to get help or help them…and then build confidence….because you love and you are loved – I guarantee it. When another says, “take care,” take it to mean ‘take care of your selves….your physical, mental, and spiritual selves’. Before you judge yourself or another; before you say something that may hurt yourself or another: stop….listen….communicate…..forgive….encourage…..be positive….have a heart. You and others are worth it.
Love your spouse or significant other….love your children….love your family…but don’t stop there….love your neighbor, not just yourself and your family….try a little kindness everywhere. The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. told us, “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. Whoever is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
Love one another. I’m going to try it because it’s always the right answer.