20th Anniversary Issue “We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.” —Roderick Thorp It has been said that if you treat yourself well, the world will treat you even better. Here are some ways to embrace self-esteem and self-love. 1. Create a Self-Love “Curriculum” Lack of self-esteem can grab hold in times of stress and challenge, and self-loathing is fueled by exhaustion and hopelessness. Self-love can be reborn by making a commitment to add life-affirming activities to daily life. It is crucial that we nourish ourselves–body, mind, and spirit. This does not mean going to a spa every few years. It has to be blended into our lifestyles and treated with as much importance as a doctor’s appointment or worship service. Many of us are very generous with those around us. We give of ourselves to friends, family, coworkers. We twist ourselves into pretzels to accommodate the needs of others. But when it comes to ourselves, we can be stingy. The First Step: Chart a course to improved self-image that stimulates all the senses. This will fill you with a sense of hopefulness and potential! Make a list of 10 things that will enhance your feelings of self-esteem. Incorporate everything from meditation and prayer, to taking yourself out on dates, to activities that bring you joy, and enhance your well-being on all levels. Above all, “follow your bliss”! 2. Redefine the Word ‘Selfish’ What if Selfish became self-ish? Try taking this word, which has a negative connotation, and giving it...
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