Love is a very strong word, and not to be thrown around lightly, even when that love involves you. When you love yourself, you’re whole, and when you’re whole amazing changes begin to occur. This is often so scary to some people that they pull back and starve themselves of the love that they so rightfully deserve, which in turn stops them from moving forward with their dreams and their goals. Fear is a real emotion, but if your love for yourself is strong enough that same fear can be overcome, and you can move forward with whatever your open heart desires. I think Marianne Williamson put it best when she said:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us, we ask ourselves, “Who am I to be so brilliant, so fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing about shrinking so that so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And we let our own light shine. We unconsciously give people permission to do the same. As we liberate from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I struggle with this for many years. I never loved who I was, I didn’t love who I saw in the mirror, and I sure didn’t love my body. As I slowly started to peel away at my inadequacies and not let my faults define my existence, my love for myself pushed out my fear and flooded my life full of great reward and most of all happiness.
Today I want each one of you reading this to embrace the love you have for yourself, and not hide from it, as scary as it may be to do. Let it lead you down your path to ultimate abundant happiness and ultimate success.
Keep on keeping on,