As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody, as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I know the time is not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today, I call it Respect.
As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place, at the right time, and everything happens at exactly the right moment, so I could be calm. Today, I call it Self-confidence.
As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way, and in my own rhythm. Today, I call it Simplicity.
As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is not good for my health- food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first, I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today, I know it is Love of Oneself.
As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today, I live each day, day by day. and call it Fulfillment.
As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today, I call this connection, Wisdom of the Heart.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations, or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even the stars collide, and out of their crashing, new worlds are born. Today, I know that is LIFE.