Shakespeare wrote “to thine own self, be true”. It has taken me years to understand what he meant by this but now I recognize the truth in what he said. And it can help you in your quest for self improvement for the rest of your days. .
As the saying goes, to love and be loved is one of life’s greatest treasures. It feels so good to be able to cherish someone and do selfless acts for them. But how can a person love another when they do not know how to love themselves? It is just as important to love one’s self as it is to love another.
Loving yourself is not egotistical, nor is it selfish. It is necessary. Loving yourself can have many meanings. It can mean that you know yourself, your goals and aspirations and that you work toward them. It can mean that you learn to say “no” when you simply cannot field another person’s request for time or resources.
It can mean that you take time out of your day to focus on yourself, relax, and think. What sense does it make to love others and put them ahead of you if you burn yourself out while doing it? Also, how can you expect to really help others if you have spent so much time on others that you have not kept things in order in your own life?
Before you can seriously love someone else by affecting them positively, you have to do what it takes to put yourself in a position to emotionally, financially, and spiritually help others.
Another way to look at loving yourself is in the area of relationships. If a person loves him or herself, they will make sure that they dress presentably, speak confidently, and bring goals to the table.
This person is confident because they are comfortable with his- or herself as they are. They love their life with all of its mistakes and faults, and they are happy. How can another person accept you, your mistakes and faults if you yourself do not? If you value yourself with love then others will be able to as well.
Loving yourself is an essential part of being successful in life. People who love themselves do what is necessary to be happy and fulfill all of their responsibilities so that they can effectively help others. They are confident in themselves and by themselves, because they define their own wealth instead of depending on someone else to.
They keep their bodies healthy and in shape, and ensure their own safety. They have a strong sense of spirituality that helps them to love themselves. All of these descriptions depict the ideal, self-loving person. This person has their own life in order, so he or she can effectively affect another’s. Loving yourself is just one step on the road to success and the road to service.