The love we give away is the only love we keep.
Love Others to Love Yourself
It’s difficult not to notice the good feelings we get, when we do something nice for someone else.
Those sometime too seldom feelings, that remind us that we are someone who deserves to be loved.
It’s those wonderful feelings that come from the love we have given away.
Have you ever noticed that many athletes and celebrities have a high sense of self worth?
I think, a lot of that has to do with the fact that when they perform, they are really giving love to others.
They know, that many people enjoy what they are doing and deep down they feel good because of what they are giving.
As they give more, they get more reasons to love themselves.
Love means many different things to all of us.
For me, it is a doorway.
One I often keep closed.
There are very few people that I say, “I love you” to.
But even though it is difficult for me to let it in, does not mean I don’t try to let it out.
No matter how you label it, the essence of love is a path to opening up.
It is a revolving door.
Sometimes in and sometimes out.
Howver, the more it stays open, the more love comes in, if we decide to let it.
We have all heard of the idea, give and you shall receive.
Give love and you should get it back, right?
But this isn’t always true.
For example, what if you went out and gave a hundred thoughtful gifts today.
Would you really get a hundred back?
We both know you wouldn’t.
We’d be lucky to get five or ten back.
But, the trick is we do get something back.
Just not in the exact reciprocal of what we have given.
We get to have the self acceptance, self respect and the pride of what we have done.
That inner satisfaction that reminds us we are special.
Ultimately, the love we give comes back in the form of loving ourselves.
Therefore the beauty is in, what giving gives you.
Loving others gives you self acceptance and respect.
When you start giving love you will notice you speak to yourself more positively.
You will start to say things to yourself like, “I am proud of you”, “that was really nice of you” and sometimes even, “I love you”.
You start to feel that you are making a difference and you can continue to do so.
You start to have a sense of self respect that is one of the greatest things a person can have.
You start to appreciate who you are.
Even with the flaws, we all have.
All this opens the pathway of loving yourself for who you are.
Loving others give you pride.
Just like the most important things in life, pride cannot be bought.
As you love others more, you will start to feel a lot better about yourself.
You know you are on the path of pride when you start to walk a little straighter.
Your projection through your body language changes and you act in a way that says, you love yourself.
It is something others can’t ignore.
They will often feel your presence.
Ultimately, attracting more love into your life.
It’s the revolving door I mentioned before, but it tends to grow to let more people in.
Loving others is a doorway that continues to expand.
As your doorway grows, your ability to love others and yourself will grow.
When you start to love others more, you will love yourself more and when you do, you will have more to give.
It grows larger with every gesture.
It becomes a magnet, attracting things and people you never expected.
Love is a doorway, we can choose to leave it closed if we would like.
But, I think doors were meant to be open.
Love has a different meaning to all of us.
No matter what it means to you, remember it is something we are meant to give.
The purpose of all relationships is, to give love.
Not to worry if we are receiving.
Just give it, because as you can see, we are getting the best part of love back.
The part that says, “I love you”, to yourself.
Further Reading: No More Waiting to Be Happy
The above article is not about love but it is a reminder that we can change the way we feel almost instantly and in doing so may just allow us to love others more.
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