It's good to be back with you.
You know the saying when flying, "Put your mask on first, then assist others".
Today we talk about loving yourself. We must first learn to love ourselves before we can truly love someone else.
I know people who have never learned to truly love themselves. It really cannot be anything but a miserable existence.
We must choose to love ourselves. It's easy to feel unlovable when others treat you that way. Those are people that don't love themselves and want to cause pain on others. It somehow makes them feel better if they can make you feel worse.
Self-esteem is something that should be inbred in a child as they are developing and learning about themselves and their surroundings.
We, as adults are responsible for making our children feel safe and loved and comfortable in who they are. They are strong. They are good and they can do anything they want to do and be anything they want to be.
I was blessed to have a father that was always teaching me and always told me how smart I was. He always encouraged me and he always showed his love for me.
Because of that, I have been able to survive so many negative things in my life. I have always known that I was strong and I have always had good self-esteem because my father instilled that in me as a small child. Even today, at age 90, he is still my source of encouragement and my greatest cheerleader.
I hope for all of you that there was and is someone in your life that said to you to spread your wings and never let anyone tell you that you can't do something. If you have a desire in your heart to do something that you enjoy, do it, enjoy it and leave the haters behind.
You are an incredible person, and you deserve to have a fulfilling life. Do what pleases you. Love you. Enjoy who you are.
If for some reason, you do not like what you see when you look in the mirror, you have the power within to change it. Love yourself enough to change what you don't like. Love yourself enough to not care what others think.
I know that's not easy.
Try it! Just once. Then again. Then, one more time. Before you know it, you will be doing things you never thought possible. You will flourish in ways never imagined.
Breathe for yourself first, then you can help someone else to breathe. Love yourself first, then you can freely love someone else.