The Self-Love Rule
Blast from the past, originally posted July, 2009: You’ve heard of the golden rule right? It’s an idea I personally try to live by every day.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
So simple yet so poignant. In most situations is makes perfect sense. It breeds empathy and Lord knows if we all followed this simple concept the world would be a much better place.
But I’m here to argue the opposite is also true.
How many times have you complimented your friends only to call yourself ugly. Someone congratulates you on a weight loss and instead of simply saying “thank you” you quickly point how how much more you have to lose. After a new haircut you say over and over again you aren’t sure you like it.
Sound familiar? I know I’m guilty of it myself. All these back handed self-inflicted comments breed insecurity. Yet what do we do when we notice a friend or family member down on themselves? We easily and quickly respond with compliments. When will we treat US with the same respect and stop berating ourselves with backhanded insults?
Do Unto Yourself as you Do to Others
Stop saving all your kind words for your friends. You deserve a few yourself.