LIFE Requires That You Love Yourself First
During these times of isolation and irritation many are seeking to understand to whom they matter. Times are stressful and people are tightening their circles of friends and influencers. Social media sites are filled to with comments of people “cutting people off.” People are evaluating the significance of each relationship in which they are involved. Trust issues are rising as instincts move toward self-preservation. Still others do not seem to be concerned with their own preservation or the preservation of anyone else as they flaunt their bare faces in public, declaring their right to be free from mask wearing and social distancing.
Things are weird. People are dying slow, painful deaths alone in hospitals and nursing facilities. Others have not been outside their homes for months and long for the accustomed visits from friends and loved ones. Media stories giving conflicting information, render sound decisions difficult to make. Those who thought they would live forever have come face to face with their mortality, sometimes questioning how they have lived their lives thus far and how they can live better if the future is granted to them.
Life has become a rollercoaster of change. Up, down, twist, turn, loop the loop; what we rely on as facts change with the blink of an eye. As soon as we are sure of the right thing to do, news reports inform us that we must do something different. In this great time of tossing and shifting many people are finding it troublesome to hold on to familiar bonds. Simply trying to survive the arduous stress of these times has left some so tiringly exhausted that they lack the vigor necessary to maintain relationships.
These times have left and will leave many alone and without connections on which they have learned to depend. Death has invaded many families, violently taking away loved ones that members refer to as “the rock,” or the “backbone,” of the family. Financial strain has caused husbands, wives and lovers who swore their love was unbreakable to trade partnership for separation and disregard. One is easier to feed than two or three or five.
Many are alone, afraid, distressed, anxious and unhappy. They are in crisis. Yet, there is good news. Although crisis is a time of disaster and calamity, it is also a time of opportunity. Times of crisis can serve as a catalyst that help you to realize your own value and your inner ability to not only survive crisis but to thrive at life. This time is perfect for self-examination; not to figure what is wrong with you but to better learn what is right with you. This is the time to discover or rediscover your gifts, skills and talents and make them work for you. Once unveiled, you can develop your gifts, skills, and talents to the level of excellence. This might mean taking classes, watching videos, spending time in prayer, meditation, and discovery. What if this is the time for you to do what you have always dreamed of doing?
Spend time improving yourself. If you have always wanted to be writer, then get a notebook or computer and start writing. Write every day. Read books about a variety of things including writing. You must spend time practicing your craft. One of the wonderful things about this time is that many universities and colleges are offering courses for free or little pay. If you have always been curious about something, maybe now is the perfect time to learn about it.
Set goals. Have grand expectations for yourself. It may sound outdated but making a list for the day can be motivating by keeping you on task and providing data for daily accomplishments. Computer apps can record your progress on goals that you have set from the number of steps you walk to the number of calories you have eaten to the number of books you have read.
Maybe before this pandemic you were the go-to person. They called on you for everything and you were always there. Truth be told you basked in what you thought was your importance in someone’s life while at the same time you were wearing yourself out as thin as a sheet of rice paper. This time of isolation is the time for you to learn to say, “No.” Just face it. Oftentimes others use us, and the benefits are not reciprocal. And we allow this to continue as we, in a state of sheer exhaustion, complain of not being loved or cared for. This is the time for that to cease.
During this pandemic you are learning how strong you really are. You are discovering your resolve, your stamina, and your perseverance. You are also discovering that you were sent to earth with specific gifts and talents just for this time. All the things that are happening to you, in you, and around you are showing up your own uniqueness and value. They are also forcing you, if you take time to notice, to see these wonderful gifts in yourself. Now, the question is will you love yourself enough to cultivate your gifts, talents, and skills, and live in the purpose for which you were born?
God and the entire universe are waiting on you to understand that the person to whom you matter most must be you. This is not selfishness; it is self-love. Selfness means I love only me. Self-love means I love me and therefore I possess the capacity and the strength to love others. You must love yourself to the point where every gift that is in you is displayed and every purpose for which you were born is accomplished. Be number one to yourself and watch your dreams come true and the entire universe stand up and take notice.