There is a quote I reference in the Give YourSelf Permission book that introduces this topic perfectly.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.”
I think it is so true that we are all deserving of our own love just as much as those other people in our lives whom we show love and respect too. Often we show more love for others than we do for ourselves.
We have perhaps been raised this way. Society has taught us to put others first and we have taken the lesson too far. In some cases we neglect to look after our own happiness to the detriment of our relationships with others.
Do you ever bend over backwards for somebody else in your life, only to later resent that person for taking so much from you? This doesn’t have to continue as it is ultimately within our control how much we give of ourselves.
Know You Matter
When we remember that we matter just as much as the people we love, we can set healthy boundaries and keep a nice balance of give and take.
And if you really can’t do it for yourself, then do it for the others in your life. Because once you are happier and taking better care of yourself, you will have more positive energy for the people around you.
Remember that you matter just as much as anybody else.