OPINION – Morrie Schwartz once stated: “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
With most of the world equating the world “love” to a significant other, mother, father, family and friend; I can’t help but to wonder…At what point will we learn to love ourselves first so we can allow love to come back in second?
One of my greatest challenges in life has been to truly love every ounce of myself. Loving the most brilliant parts of me without constantly studying all of my imperfections with a magnify glass. As I seek perfection in what doesn’t exist, I find it interesting that we as human beings spend precious time parting your hair perfectly; making sure our outfits fit just right while changing up the hair styles a time or ten just because we “need that extra change” to impress people who don’t really care in the first place.
I once read that the majority of us buy things to sway people into loving us, but at the end of it all…When our spiritual lives come to a humanly end only half of the individuals we know would attend our home going, while no more than 1/3 of them would make it to the burial and that’s only if it’s not raining.
What an intriguing fact.
The truth of the matter is that I have thought long and hard several times over on the mastering of pure love from within. And I must admit…Embracing the beauty that we possess internally is more important that what the outside may perceive. In essence, coming to terms with the reality that we are all simply short of something has become my catalyst to loving the better part of me.
And this got me thinking about you?
Do you feel lost and lonely because you have yet to love yourself unconditionally?
If I can leave you some sense of comfort it would be this…Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.
Owning our shortcomings can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing all that we dislike about ourselves is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on loving our internal selves first.
It’s only when we are brave enough to love our flaws will we discover the infinite power of our true light and that in itself allows us to attract the unconditional love we are all externally seeking.
By Tiana Burse