“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” –Robert Morely (19802-1992), English actor
As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us fantasize of meeting and being swept off our feet by our “soul mate.” We long for strong and happy unions and marriages, and a secure home life. Although we at the God Knows Project believe in true, everlasting love, we also believe that many people forget the cardinal rule of love. In order to experience real, authentic, mature love with another person, we must first love God and then love individual selves.
According to Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway, “Your first stop on the road to romance is with you!” Searching for love can be a short-lived thing if you do not have a strong sense of self. By loving and honoring yourself, you open the door for another person to truly love you.
Practicing self-love is not a selfish act; it simply means accepting and embracing yourself just the way you are. Of course, this is easier said than done; most people live their entire lives judging themselves for not living up to an unrealistic standard of perfection, usually suggested or imposed on you by others. However, if you are willing to put in the effort, you can develop self-love through techniques such as affirmation.
Self-Love is the foundation of your life. It lifts the restrictions and boundaries of all you experience. Do you love yourself enough to live a spectacular life? If so, what better time to show it than on Valentine’s Day.
If you do not love yourself enough to live a spectacular life, then Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to start shifting your beliefs and feelings in that direction.
Stop for a moment right now and think about how you would like to be treated on Valentine’s Day by your ideal romantic partner. Give it some thought and then give it to yourself. By doing this, the message you are sending to the Universe is: I love ME! I matter to ME! I matter enough to me to treat MYSELF like an extra-special person on this day of celebration of love. I love myself enough to treat myself as well or better than I would like others to treat me. The Universe will eventually respond in kind and send you the perfect partner who like love, adore, and celebrate you.
I encourage you all to adopt Mae West’s viewpoint. The saucy actress once said, “I don’t like myself, I’m crazy about myself.”
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy New Love Year from the GKP team.