What It Means To Love Yourself – How To Love Self
1. Loving Yourself Means To Accept Yourself For Who You Truly Are
God created you special. There’s none exactly like you. You’re unique and you truly matter. A mentally healthy life begins with self-acceptance. You accepting ‘Yourself’ in its entirety. To love yourself is to accept who you truly are without faking it. You accept all the features with which you were created by God.
If God gave you small or big boobs, love it, cherish it, and be happy with it; short or long legs, love them, cherish them, and be happy with them. In short! Just love You and be You. Your potential husband or lover would find you just as you are and come for you.
2. Loving Yourself Flourishes On The “Who” you are and not the “What” you have
It’s not what you are that determines what love you give or get, but who you are. The world has misplaced the “Who” for “What” as a determinant for how joyful, peaceful, acceptable and happy one can be. It tells you that until you get this thing or that thing you cannot be happy. But that’s untrue. What you have or how successful you are doesn’t guarantee your peace or happiness. Happiness and peace come from within you and have to do with the “Who” you are rather than “What” you have. The “What” is external while the “Who” is internal. The “What” changes while the “Who” is constant. You have to love Who you are to be truly happy in life.
3. Loving Yourself First Makes Others Love You As A Result
How can someone love if you don’t love your very self? You must be happy with yourself in order to attract happiness. You must love your body, your physical features for others to love them as well. You cannot hate yourself and ask people to love the body that you hate. If you hate yourself, you emit a negative vibe which others around your circle would respond to.
4. Loving Yourself First Helps You Present A Better Version Of Yourself
Be careful of the version of yourself that you sell to the public. What images of yourself are you creating that people do see daily? What kind of public persona and/or relation are you developing? A positive or negative one? If you don’t love yourself, you would sell to others another version of yourself which isn’t’ true nor sustainable in the near future.
You just have to love yourself well enough to present to others the version of yourself which you love. There’s nothing to hide when you love yourself. Be YOU!
5. Loving Yourself Is God’s New Commandment
It’s the Lord and not human who really said to love one another as we love ourselves. And indeed, He actually commanded us to do so. In this commandment, however, you must understand that to love one another, you have to love yourself first. Loving others is second to loving yourself. Let’s read that commandment together! “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” As what? AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF (Mark 12:31). So “Yourself” comes first before your “Neighbor.” You cannot love another person well without having loved yourself first.
6. Loving Yourself Is What God Expects of You
God believes in you and has endowed you with the potential to be whatever He wants you to be.
You are loaded with gifts from God that reveals your destiny on this earth. And by virtue of your birth, God expects you to love the very self that He gave you, first and foremost. You cannot, however, become what God created you to become if you don’t love what you have received within you from God. I mean who you are from the inside out.
It’s nobody else’s responsibility to love YOU but yours alone. If you are not happy with yourself, it’s hard for anyone to do that for you. The help that comes from others would only counsel you to love YOU. Others may counsel, but they can’t take your place in loving You as you can. Because no one knows you just as you know yourself.
7. Loving Yourself Is To Be Truthful About Yourself To Your Partner
Couples in a genuine relationship deserve to know the truth about each other. If you cannot tell the truth about yourself to our own spouse or potential spouse, he or she would still find out within a short period, anyways. And to let them discover the truth by themselves might not be favorable to the longevity of the union. The life span of any lie is short.
8. External Physical Features Do Not Determine Your Internal Joy
The fact that you are good-looking, and have a better physique, are rich or influential, is no assurance that you would be happy in life. Your looks, your bodily features, whether fat or thin, aren’t what make you happy or predict your happiness. Your happiness comes from within you, from an internal atmosphere which is always beautiful. We all know that the blind are happy, the lame, the deaf and dumb are still happy, irrespective of their physical disabilities. Their defection does not predict their joy.
On the contrary, the rich still feels frustrated and commits suicide. Princes and Princesses still feel sad and miserable. Don’t seek for external beauty as a search for peace and happiness. You would be frustrated for sure.