Love is patient,
Love is kind.
It does not envy,
It does not boast,
It is not proud.
It is not rude,
It is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
But rejoices with the truth
It always protects,
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Do you love yourself? It is essential to love yourself. When you love yourself you will know how to show love to the people around you. Below I share with you some of the life principles I have learned in my short but extremely busy twenty-nine years of life-work, college, grad school and family life journeys are included.
Love is patient. When you’ve tried your best to accomplish a goal know that you have to be patient with yourself and the way in which you think the impending results should occur. You may or may not be as fast or slow as someone else or have a possession that someone else has. Knowing that your best is obeying rules and checking all the appropriate ins and outs of a situation is the best.
Love is kind. Tamera Mowry, legendary actress and talk show host, recently stated that when talent meets opportunity is when a person’s career takes off. Preparing for the opportunity means being kind to everyone. Kindness is the COME UP. We will never know of all the possible people who can help us as individuals. Be kind to as many people as possible. Only when we are kind to ourselves can we learn to be kind to others.
Love does not envy. Everyone has different journeys. Appreciate the journey you are on, whether good or bad. You cannot get to know yourself and find the humour in your own journey if you are fascinated to the point of exhaustion with someone else’s journey. And remember- it’s never too late to correct a wrong.
Love does not boast. Everyone is annoyed with someone at some point in time. When a boasting person makes a mistake people laugh, point and draw extra attention to the situation. It’s a universal law that states that whatever energy we as humans put into the earth is the energy that will come back to us. Negative opinions and the inability to care for people will elicit the same response from others towards you.
Love is not easily angered. Anger. When we allow anger to shake our very being we can sometimes misbehave. We say things that we should not say.
Is your anger justified? Are you being petty? Are you always offended at something? That’s the first sign of a petty spirit. Reevaluate your ability to see the basic goodness in other people. Also, reevaluate the confidence you have in yourself. If someone bothers you all the time are they telling the truth about your behavior? Or should you change your perspective or who you are around? Don’t raise your blood levels!
Love keeps no record of wrongs. People will upset you. They will definitely upset you. They will keep a record of your wrongs.
But this is not about them. This is about you. In order to have relationships with people you have to forgive them. Keeping a record of everything people have ever done wrong will cause you to swell up in anger at unexpected times. When someone wrongs you take a breath. Take a moment to think of the wrong that has been done to you. Choose to forgive the person so that you can enjoy your life. Consider speaking to the person to let them know how you feel when things calm down.
Love always protects. Are you protecting yourself? Are you getting all of the negative emotions and negative people out of your life? Protect your mind in that way. Also stand up for the people who love you when they are being wrongfully attacked by others. Use judgement in doing so. Show them how to guard their hearts.
Love always trusts. Trust is the foundation of respect. Trust is established by keeping promises to someone else repeatedly. Trust is foundational to growing a social and professional circle. Maintain a good reputation. Don’t spread gossip.
I hope this helps you to consider how to incorporate love of yourself into a life filled with social and professional connections, as well as a healthy romantic life.