Becoming Your Own Best Friend

This deserves a lot more attention than just a short post, but for now I wanted to at least share this quote that I came across in my inbox this morning.  It’s from one of my favorite quote sites, positiveoutlooksblog.com.  I’ll come back to the topic when I have more time… for a more detailed discussion and sharing of stories, and why I believe this to be so true!

They titled it Falling In Love With Yourself

Man walking down road at sunset

If there is one thing you should do above all else in your life, this is it!  Learn to love yourself .  And I don’t mean in a cocky, vain kind of way… I mean in the sense of becoming your own Best Friend.  You are your own best friend!  From the minute you are born to the minute you die, you are the one person who is with you every second of your life… through the good times and the bad, the happy and the sad.

This is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself!  When I felt completely alone 17 yrs ago… when I discovered that doctors had betrayed me, that I was being lied to and being accused of lying myself… when I had no idea who I could trust anymore, who believed in me vs who was saying one thing while thinking another… I asked myself, “What would I say to my best friend if she were the one going through this?”.  I would then repeat whatever that was to myself instead 🙂 .  I chose to talk to myself as if I were talking to my very best friend and I truly believe it’s what saved me… that it’s what got me through some of the hardest days and helped keep me strong.  I learned to love myself as I would my own best friend.  xo

So, I think I prefer to say Become Your Own Best Friend, instead of Fall In Love With Yourself… but in doing so, you will fall in love with yourself, the same way that you love your best friend… maybe even more.  You will learn to have compassion for yourself, forgiveness, as well as happiness and sometimes even pride, when you truly deserve it the most. (Ok, I admit, I’m still not great at that last one.  My personality tends to be harder on myself, but I’m working on it and have improved a lot over the years xo).  It’s the baby steps that count after all, right?

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