As I began to love myself

Published on Jan 07, 2018

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As I began to love myself,
I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know this is Authenticity.

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.

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As I began to love myself,
I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today, I call it Maturity.

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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.

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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 quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time.
Today, I discovered that is Modesty.

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.

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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.

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