Do You Love You?

Published on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 in , , ,

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

I was talking to one of my dolls on the phone the other day and we were discussing self-love.  I told her how I had once done an internship at a hospital.  At this hospital I was surrounded by and worked with some very prestigious doctors.  I was a little intimidated by the doctors, especially since I was a student. 

One day I was doing some work and one of the doctors wanted to see some of my progress.  He asked politely to see the paper I was holding and asked who I was.  Without thinking, I replied, “Oh I’m just a student.”  The next thing that came out of his mouth literally changed my life forever.  The doctor kindly looked at me and smiled and said, “You’re not ‘just’ a student you are THE student.”  He told me to always remember that and he even asked me to repeat it.

 After he left, I sat down and thought about why I had told him I was just a student as if I was someone who didn’t matter.  Sure it was just one sentence, but it really bothered me that I had basically told him that I was not important.  Before that day, no one could’ve told me that I didn’t have self-love.  I had never had low self-esteem or any other issues that I would associate with someone who needed self-love.

Since that day, I realized that self-love comes from some place deep inside and that it is a constant process that everyone including me should work on everyday.  Self-love requires maintenance.  I believe that before we can do anything and be truly successful at it, we must first have self-love.  For this reason, I have decided that I will share with you my knowledge on self-love, as well as the wisdom of others. 

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you some characteristics of healthy self-love and some tips on how to cultivate it.  I hope that this will help you to grow as a person so that you can have a healthier relationship with yourself, which will in turn help you to create healthier relationships with others.

Have you taken the time to sit down and really contemplate if you are showing yourself enough love?  What do you struggle with when it comes to loving yourself?


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1 Response to Do You Love You?

January 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Love, whether it is within or for someone else, does take maintanence. I think some people perpetrate self-love by feigning high self-esteem when they only temporarily feel good about themselves after verbally tearing someone else down. Once you're independently able to see your worth without using someone else as a stepping stone, you may have found your happy place.

PS: Kelley, don't you love people like that doctor? Where ever he is, I'm sure he has no idea how much of an impact he made on your thinking. I believe everyone we encounter in life, has a purpose, be it small or significant. We should all live in a way that we are accidental blessings to strangers and friends alike.