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Most of us are the epitome of good manners when we speak in public. We take care to choose the right words, the right tone, the right pronunciations even the right pauses. We are careful about framing our thoughts and sentences as best as we can.
We do this because as humans we have the need to make a positive impression on the people we meet so that we are remembered well. We do this because we need to be liked by people.
Consciously or consciously all through our waking hours we have conversations with ourselves. How many of us however are aware that these conversations matter far more to us than the conversations we may have with others? How many of us realize that we should be the kindest and most polite when we talk to ourselves?
If you are unkind when you speak to yourself, you are harming yourself. When you berate yourself, using harsh words and negative thoughts, you bruise your spirit. When you put yourself down constantly you bruise your self-esteem. When being harsh to yourself becomes a habit, the bruise turns into a wound. If not attended to, the wound festers, hurting you in the form of resentment.
And when you are not truly happy, from the inside out, when your actions don’t match your thought and words you are not only fooling others, you are fooling yourself the most.
People come, people go. Situations and circumstances, no matter how good or bad, change. Your spirit is your only constant companion through your life. Don’t let your unkind words make it wilt.
It is your job to nurture it. To feed it right, with kind words and positive thoughts and affirmations. To keep it shining and blossoming. Only when you do that will it return the favor.
This is called self love.