Loving Thyself

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you heard the word “love?”

Perhaps, it is the attraction you felt towards opposite/same sex.

Probably, it is the emotion that a groom feels as he watches his lovely bride walks down the aisle.

Maybe, it is the happiness that parents feel as they look at their newborn baby.

Possibly, is it the bond that ties friends/siblings together.

Or by any chance, it is the sentiment that you feel towards a stranger whom you have just helped.

Whatever your perception of love, don’t forget to love yourself, but loving yourself does not mean you have to be selfish. Loving yourself means giving love to others without expecting in return. It means thinking of other’s welfare without neglecting yourself. It means being your own helping hands and standing on your own feet. It means self-acceptance. Love yourself without causing pain to anyone, yet not allowing anyone to hurt you. Love yourself and others will love you back, but if they don’t, it is okay, as long as you give love and you love yourself back. Because at the end of the day, no one will be there for you except yourself, so never ever hurt yourself, but love yourself the way God has loved you.

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