Taking care of yourself.
This article is about self love and taking excellent care of yourself.
This includes loving yourself and actually giving the care and love to yourself that you would give to other loved ones.
So often we tend to say “of coarse we LOVE ourselves” It’s just silly to say or think that we don’t.
Yet for so many, self love is really loving yourself last. Being the last on the list to get new clothes, the last on the list to get new shoes, the last on the list to go on vacation where you want to go. And the list goes on.
We are taught from a very young age to please other people.
We learn to put God first, our husband or significant other second, our children next, and if there is anything left, then we include ourselves.
And we are thankful for it. We learn this process and we accept it as the gospel truth.
Because in many religions and cultures it is the Gospel truth. In fact it is so true that many women have been punished or put to death for defying parts of this belief. If the husband or family was not taken care of in the exact way the husband desired, the woman had to pay severely.
Thank God that at least in this country things have changed.
We finally have rights and laws to enforce them, at least in theory that is.
Since men are generally larger, stronger and often the financial supporter of the family, it still leaves him in control of many decisions and desires.
It generally takes a lot of abuse, either physically, mentally or often both before the woman decides to seek a separation or divorce.
There are so many reasons to stay.
So many things that could change or be worked out.
He said he loved me. He used to give me flowers and take me out to dinner all the time, she remembers.
He used to leave me notes and call me every day.
We had such big plans, so much in common. He told everyone how special I was – we were even soul mates, he said. Perfect for each other…
So what happened to all that? When did he start being neglectful and abusive?
Why is he able to be nice to everyone else but you, and all the attention you get is the left over demands of when is dinner going to be ready – I’m a busy man, I’m late for a meeting -he says.
So here you are wondering what to believe. He’s lied so many times you know you can’t trust him.
You have to get out and away from his crazy before you become crazy yourself…
You have to do what ever it takes to save yourself.
To love yourself – actually LOVE yourself. And that may mean finding a safe place so that you can regroup and find out what real love is.
Finding out what your true feelings are. Learning to trust yourself, your inner guide and start really loving yourself and attracting others who are capable of loving you too.
The Bible says:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8New International Version (NIV)
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