“The most important thing in life is to
learn how to give out love,
and to let it come in.” Morrie Schwartz
I think that for me, giving out love is easier for me than receiving it. Is that the same for you? My gravatar and my chosen career is SendOut Love…I send out love through my blog, through my cards and through my connections to others. To me, it comes easily and I love the enjoyment that comes with giving from the heart as it brings happiness to others as it in turn, brings me a wealth of happiness.
Multiple times a day I say, “I love you” to my family, friends, loved ones, 2 sweet kitties etc…and I mean it from my heart. I am a very affectionate person by nature ~ spontaneously hugging and kissing my family daily. I love that human connection and have more than once, reached out to a stranger that I felt needed a smile and a hello which have sparked many conversations much to the chagrin of my family who want to get going and not start talking in the grocery store to others. But I get that ‘feeling’ and I just go with it.
Self-love on the other hand, in the scheme of things, is usually on the lower end of my ‘to do’ list. Yes, I love me, but somehow I feel it’s selfish and ego-istic to say that I love myself…at least that’s what I used to think. Nowadays, I am finding that the more I love me, the more I love others. As I’m beginning to take better care of me, I am finding that it’s changing the dynamic I have with others ~ for the better!
I’ve shared how routines can truly get us in a rut and it’s hard to break free when we’ve been so out of tune with ourselves. I’m the first to admit I’m guilty of this, especially this year as I’ve been bombarded with crisis after crisis. I felt like I was a chicken running around without a head, but no more.
I’ve told you about You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Louise is a big believer in self-love and has many exercises in which you can bolster the love you have for yourself so that you can love others. In fact, I highly recommend Louise’s book as it changed my life!
I remember when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago and BAngel gave me Louise’s book. Dutifully I opened it and began to read. Immediately I scoffed at the idea that my cancer was a dis-ease in my body and that with self-love, affirmations and a shift in thinking, I could help myself to heal. At that time, my mind immediately turned off ~ what sort of hocus pocus was this book ~ I had CANCER! Not a head cold or something that didn’t matter. I was fighting for my life! What was BAngel thinking? And she was someone whom I’d known for years and respected…had she gone off of her rocker with this type of thinking?
So I went on with my life, lumpectomy, double mastectomy, chemo…until one day while laying in my bed after chemo, with my darling cat purring next to me on the bed, I picked up the book again…it had been a few months since I had tossed it by the wayside. I started to read it in the quiet of the afternoon and it was as if a light began to grow inside of me. The theories Louise explained so simply in her book grew inside of me like a small seed of hope. Her ideas made complete sense to me and I felt like I spent the rest of the afternoon nodding my head in agreement with her.
I won’t take away the joy you will find in reading her book, but I will leave you with a link to get it! You’ll know when the time is right to read it ~ when you’re ready, I”ll be here ~ we can have fun together knowing that YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE!