“Stop hating yourself for everything you’re not. Start loving yourself for everything that you are.” ~ Unknown
So. Very. Much. This. I know how easy it is to play the comparison game, to using some arbitrary cultural and peer created ruler to measure my worth, my goals, my accomplishments, my lack-there-of. I know that we are fully immersed in a virtual world where the fear of missing out (or FOMO) is all too real. I know how it feels to hate yourself, or who it is you think you are, to let the darkness, the pain, the anxiety, the raw, ugly, nasty pull of that deep, self loathing. I also know that as gruesome a picture that this has painted can be, the alternative is as pure and healing and wonderful as an early morning breeze. I know the release, the wholesome, nourishing, all-encompassing wonder that comes from loving yourself. To open your heart, your tender, gentle soul, and to let love, compassion, and acceptance flow is to know peace and happiness. It’s not always easy to love yourself for everything that you are, simply because that means the not so great parts, the mistakes, the things you’d rather not acknowledge, let alone face. Yet they are still parts of you, and you, as a whole, a complete soul, is a wonderful, beautiful, magnificent thing. Even the not so great is there for a reason, and more often then not, it’s a reason that has a purpose. The first step to stopping the self hate is to know that no matter what, YOU ARE LOVE. Love yourself for everything that you are, and you might end up amazing yourself – and you won’t be missing out on a damn thing, either!
Namaste ~ Ella
~ Affirmation Mondays are positive words of wisdom, insight and joy to add a bit of cheer to the start of your week and any day you need a bit of a pick-me-up! For even more inspiration please check out my Affirmation Mondays Pinterest Board and my Quote-spirational Board!
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