A New Way Of Looking At Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself
I know you’ve heard this before. I know you do a good job of it. Except, I bet you said some things to yourself this past week that you would never think of saying to your neighbor. Am I right? Stop putting yourself down. Stop putting yourself last. You are valuable and you need to start treating yourself as such.
The next time you want to get mad at yourself for a mistake you made. Stop it! Would you get mad at your neighbor for the same offense? Would you cut your loved ones some slack and not be as hard on them? Than why are you so hard on yourself? You’re a model for your family.
If you get mad at yourself, they will get mad at themselves. It doesn’t matter what you say. It matters what you do. Start treating yourself with respect and love and those around you will do the same.
Last week I talked about paying the price for past transgressions. You might have to do that here. Things won’t be any different at first and you might think it’s not working. Believe me it is. How long have you been mad at yourself? How long have you said mean things to yourself? You have to repay that pain and loss. It won’t happen overnight but as you continue loving yourself and being nice to yourself you will create a new habit.
One day you will wake up and realize the world around you has changed. It is gentler, kinder, more understanding. You can love yourself and still hold yourself accountable. You can love others and still hold them accountable.
I use to think that loving my neighbor meant I had to put up with whatever they chose to do. That is a bunch of poppycock. You don’t.
When you love and value yourself, you hold yourself in high regard. When you realize your value, you can see value in others. People that are mean and rude don’t see value. They are in pain and they want you to be in pain as well. It is your responsibility to show them a different way. You need to love yourself so others can love themselves.
When you love your neighbor as yourself, you are kind to everyone. People earn your love just because they are human. That does not mean you tolerate their bad behavior. Do you love your family and your friends? Do you hold them accountable for their actions? Do you guide them and give them advice? Sometimes do you just walk away and let them figure it out on their own? It is the same with others outside your family.
You can love someone and not agree with what they do. You can value the humanity in someone, but not want to be around them because of their actions. That is what “love thy neighbor as thyself” means to me. Loving humanity, but making the decision to let some people just go their own way and live their life as they see fit. As long as they are not hurting anyone, they have that right. So do you.
Today love yourself just a little more. Value yourself so the value of others rises. Let’s lift this world to a higher plan shall we? All together now, lift! I felt it did you?
Have a paradigm shifting today and every day,