I Love Me Day
Okay, I know that you think I made this up and I should have but my Sister from up North (Canada not Delaware) told me about it. Roxanne said that today, she’d be going to an event where people celebrate their love for themselves.
WOW! What a concept. I absolutely love the idea of expressing your love for self.
We have been instructed to love our neighbor as ourselves, but the problem is, we don’t love ourselves. You have heard over and over again that you can’t love anyone else until you love yourself, but no one teaches you how.
I’m sure that all kinds of images have come to your mind, including the one I’m NOT talking about but I’m talking about a deep appreciation and gratitude for who you are and are becoming.
So many folks are rushing to buy candy a stuffed animal and flowers to show love to someone else while others are feeling sad and rejected because they don’t have that special someone or because the one they do have is like me, thinking, “What another holiday that requires a purchase?”
I love any day that celebrates love, I just don’t think it should be limited to one day.
So in the spirit of starting many days of celebration, let’s kick-off the “I love me” party and fall back in love with our own spirit; our true self.
· Make a list of some of the things you like about yourself. (I know there are many, that’s why I wrote some---if you are having a hard time I’ll help you; I like that you are working on yourself, now your turn.)
· Look at yourself in a mirror and smile. Now tell yourself you love you. (Hokey I know so do it when no one else is looking.)
· Make yourself a present, dinner or buy yourself something you’d purchase for someone else. The present has to be wonderful and under $20.00. (This requires that you be creative but more importantly that you be able to do it again---Note: in many parts of the world that’s a month’s salary.)
· Spend some alone-time with just you
· Share something you love about you with someone you love
The self is social; it is a combination of everything and everyone around us. We are a part of a collective, but we still have an individual part to play. If we are to play our part, we must love it.
BE you, Be Well, Be Love
Bertice Berry, PhD.