Friday, February 13, 2009

Love Yourself So That You Can Love Others

Happy Valentine’s Day! My column today will be taken over by someone who was much wiser in the ways of love than I am: the late Leo Buscaglia, author of the book, Love. Following are excerpts from his book on the importance of learning to love yourself before you can fully love others. I hope you’ll give yourself a big hug today…and every day! And, parents, please impart this wisdom to your children:

“To love others you must love yourself…. Loving oneself does not imply an ego-centered reality.… Loving oneself does mean a genuine interest, caring, concern and respect for oneself. To care about oneself is basic to love. Man loves himself when he sees himself with accuracy, genuinely appreciates what he sees, but is especially excited and challenged with the prospect of what he can become…. To love oneself is to struggle to rediscover and maintain your uniqueness. It is understanding and appreciating the idea that you will be the only you to ever live upon this earth.… Even you are not totally aware of the wonders which lie dormant within yourself…. The trip into oneself is one of the grandest, most enjoyable and longest lasting…. Loving yourself involves appreciating the value of you above all things… If you try to be like anyone else…you will always be second best. But, you are the best you…. When you realize you are the best you, you will accept the fact that others are the best they…. When you love yourself, you will love others. And to the depth and extent to which you can love yourself, only to that depth and extent will you be able to love others.”

1 comment:

  1. wow!!!Amazing words but hard to apply in this real word.


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