When I truly loved myself, I understood that under any circumstance, I was in the right place, at the right time, at the right time.
And then, I was able to relax. I know that this has a name ... SELF-ESTEEM.
When I truly loved myself, I realized that my anguish, my emotional suffering, is only a sign that I am going against my truths.
Today I know that this is ... AUTHENTICITY.
When I truly loved myself, I stopped wishing my life were different and I began to see that everything that happens contributes to my growth.
Today I call it ... INNER GROWTH.
When I really loved myself, I began to realize how offensive it was to try to force some situation or someone just to accomplish what I wanted, even though I knew it was not the moment or the person was not prepared, including myself
Today I know that the name of this is ... RESPECT.
When I truly loved myself, I began to get rid of everything that was not healthy ... People, chores, anything and anything that would put me down. At first, my reason called this attitude of selfishness. Today I know it's called ... SELF-RESPECT.
When I truly loved myself, I no longer feared my free time and gave up making big plans, I abandoned the megalomaniac projects of the future.
Today I do what I think is right, what I like when I want and at my own pace.
Today I know that this is ... SIMPLICITY.
When I truly loved myself, I gave up always wanting to be right, and with that, I made a lot fewer mistakes. Today I discovered the ... HUMILITY.
When I truly loved myself, I gave up reliving the past and worrying about the future. Now, I stay in the present, which is where life happens.
Today I live one day at a time. That's ... PLENITUDE.
When I truly loved myself, I realized that my mind could torment me and disappoint me. But when I put it to the service of my heart, it becomes a great and valued ally.
All this is ... LIVING !!! "
By Charles Chaplin