“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.” ~C. JoyBell C.
I don’t know about you, but I think I have spent way too much time caring about what others think of me and less time wondering what I think of me. I never stopped to think that maybe how I felt about myself was a direct reflection of the stranger staring back at me. It’s always a good thing to spend time with yourself alone. At the end of the day, you are the one who has to deal with yourself the most, so why not be your own best friend? Who cares what other people think?
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ~Sharon Salzberg
This goes along with being your own best friend. What really is wrong with that anyway? People spend so much time trying to gain the love and affection of others that they don’t stop to see that the first person they should try to win love from is themselves. This world is so focused on perfect images. We need to stop and appreciate all the good qualities we have within ourselves without so much judgment.
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” ~Marilyn Monroe
I have been around people who can’t accept themselves and would rather be someone else. In fact, at one point, I was one of them. How can you let your good qualities shine if you spend so much time doubting yourself and wanting to be something you’re not? Oddly enough, if you look at the photos of me now compared to a few years ago, I looked miserable. You can see in my eyes I’m not happy, and that shows in other places as well. It’s true when they say that inner beauty shines brighter than outer beauty.
“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” ~Warsan Shire
Wow! I love this one! With the world today, I cannot stress enough how unbelievably ridiculous people have gotten on images and the way people look. You see it in the tabloids every day. This person has gained weight. Oh, no! As if gaining weight is a direct reflection of someone’s personality, what they have to offer the world, or their intelligence. C’mon people! There really is more to life than how fat or skinny someone is. People act like someone who enjoys food is committing a crime. I know it’s good to be healthy, but there really is more out there in the world to worry about than this!
“How would your life be different if…You stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions? Let today be the day…You stand strong in the truth of your beauty and journey through your day without attachment to the validation of others” ~Steve Maraboli
Yes! I couldn’t have said it any better myself. You go, Maraboli! Words are just that…words. Yes, they sting. Yes, they can cause uncontrollable emotions at times, but they only have a meaning to the person saying them. They only cause a problem with you if you believe them or let them sit in your web of uncertainty. This is why self-love is so important. Spend time with yourself. Write down 10 things (that’s really not a lot) that you love about yourself. You will find that the more you focus on your good, positive qualities the more you discover about yourself that you love. We already have enough people criticizing us in our lives for things they may or may not like about us. Why do we need to tear ourselves down with them?
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