Sept. 2, 2016 – Daily Reflection
“Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights activist
Are you a good friend to yourself?
If you met yourself, would you want to stick around and talk? Are you the kind of person others can be proud of? Hopefully you are, because that’s who will be with you for your entire life. Your values and beliefs create a pretty good picture of what you want to see in the mirror. To be proud of yourself, do everything you can to make real life look like that vision. Find people that have the qualities you want and learn from them. Becoming a person you like gives you the confidence that you’re someone worth being friends with. There’s also a flip side to the friendship coin–you also need to cut yourself as much slack as you do your friends. You have friends because you see the good in them, not the flaws. You like them the way they are, warts and all. You enjoy their company and root for them to be happy and do their best. Look at yourself the same way. To be a good friend to yourself, accept your blemishes, while still pushing yourself to reach your full potential. Don’t harp on your weaknesses. Take another look in the mirror and be kinder this time.
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