Tomorrow I'm launching a month-long celebration of self-love here on Positively Present, which means every post in the month of February will be geared toward revving up your love of yourself. The month of February is usually focused on loving others. That's an awesome thing to do and it's very important when it comes to living a positive life -- but so is loving yourself. So, this year, I've decided that the month of February should also the time of year when we pause and remember to love ourselves as well those around us.
Honestly, there are too many people in the world who treat others better than they treat themselves. They would never say a harsh would about someone they love, but they're quick to judge themselves and put themselves down. That, to me, is not okay. It's not okay to judge yourself and criticize yourself and, in some cases, even hate yourself. If you want to live the most positive, present life that you can, you absolutely must love yourself. And you must do it now.
As urgent as this self-love call to action is, it's certainly not an easy task to tackle -- especially if it's something you've struggled with for some time -- which is why I'm dedicating not a post to it, but an entire month of posts. If there's one thing I truly believe in it's self-love, and it's my goal to share all I know about the topic with you this month in hope that someone -- even just one person -- will begin to see how much s/he is worth and how important it is to love him/herself.
Though it's still January, I want to kick off this month of self-love a day early with a few inspiring quotes about loving yourself. Though I have a lot to say on the subject, I'm no self-love expert and so I've gathered quotes on the subject that have inspired me to believe in the value of self-love. I hope you'll take these words of wisdom to heart and use them as reminders to love yourself -- no matter what.
"The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely."
"Self-love is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting."
"To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance."
"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
"A person's worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves."
Jean De La Bruyere
"We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies."
"Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror."
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves."
"You, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
"Do not wish to be anything other than what you are."
St. Francis De Sales
"Self-love is the source of all our other loves."
"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves."
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."
"Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it."
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
"Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”
Though I value self-love immensely, I'm no expert on the subject. I know what I believe, what I feel, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't love to learn more -- and that's where I need your help. If you come across any articles, blog posts, videos, films, songs, or personal experiences that relate to the topic of self-love, I'd love to hear about them. Send links/info to me at positivepresent [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave any found tidbits in the comments section. Together we can spread the word about self-love and make a difference in how we (and others!) see the world around us.