Have you ever written a love letter to yourself?  One where you express your admiration and affection for all that you are? An acknowledgment of the joys you have relished in and the sorrows you have endured. Feeling the power of love for the one-of-a-kind, unique, irreplaceable human called you.  

It is not boastful, narcissistic, egotistical, or even indulgent to have a strong positive regard for ourself. In fact, it’s been said that our capacity for love and compassion toward others starts with our ability to extend it to ourself first.  As the old saying goes, ‘we can’t pour from an empty cup’.

And when we don’t, or won’t, embrace tender self care our inevitable troubles are always made worse. How often I have seen painful conflicts soften and ease when kindness and warmth take priority over malice and hostility. For then our energy can turn to solving, even evolving our difficulties rather than to harm –  be it through thought, feeling, word or deed. It’s helpful to notice that negativity is always an inside job first which, when we replace it with goodwill, has the power to change everything.

Perhaps The Beatles summed it up the very best;  ‘And in the end. The love you take is equal to the love you make’.  

This includes for yourself  ❤️

PS.  Listen here to the full song – The End by The Beatles.

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