wake up

Have I told you lately that I love myself?

Perhaps I need to remind myself more often to do this.

Look at myself honestly and with the narrowest grin possible and say into the mirror that I love you. Well, me, actually. I’ve been told by a number of people who specialize (and make a fortune in doing it) as life skills coaches and motivational speakers that when you get out of bed in the morning, early or late, it does not matter, you need to stretch out your arms and say; yes, I love myself.

I moved away from my desk for about two hours, mainly to take a break from work and grab something for supper tonight. As I re-opened this blog post, I suddenly had an uncharacteristic positive twist or mindset (choose your own expression and then tell other readers about it by posting a comment in the field provided for this. The song ‘Have I told you lately that I love you’ popped into my head. I rephrased it as;

Have I told you lately that I love myself?

One wonders if I shouldn’t put on my Whitney Houston double CD tonight. There’s another song on that anthology which invigorates or encourages positive thoughts. The late Whitney sings her famous cover of the equally-famous George Benson original of ‘The Greatest Love’. If I’m not mistaken, the key phrase in this everlasting song is;

Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.

So, in a nutshell, psychologists, psychiatrists, priests, rabbis, motivational speakers, imams, thought leaders, life skills coaches and the whole gamut of influential people whose main purpose in life is to teach and inspire their followers to lead a good, wholesome, balanced and spiritual life, whether by example or through their speeches and writings will say the same thing (but in different words) that essentially, we should all give ourselves a hug and love ourselves.

Cracking this nut open a bit; let’s also just confirm that this is not vanity or conceit. It is quite true that we can love ourselves. And when we do that well, it rubs off on others in a positive, meaningful, even deeply spiritual way. I won’t mention names at this point – I respect and love all of you too – but there is a famous saying that has endured for over two thousand years. It goes like this;
Love your neighbor, your brother and your sister as you love yourself.

You could also extend this command to include things such as honor and respect for your parents, even your laborers (if you have any). But for many (I include myself in this equation) it is quite difficult. For me personally, I am still trying to come to terms with a whole lot of issues that have overwhelmed me in the last few years. I’ve not always been the happiest and rosiest of creatures and haven’t always been able to smile openly. But today and going forward, I am trying. Won’t you take my hand and join me in this love crusade?

I think we can all agree that we need this now more than any time in our earth’s long history. The best place to start, we now all know, is with ourselves until we can wake up one morning and say;
Hello world, here I am.