"We love to the degree we're happy. While we are unhappy and attending to our fears, we are not loving. The self is always crying out for acceptance. When we deny it that acceptance, things get hairy. Our attention gets sucked into a void inside ourselves, leaving nothing left to give to another." ~Jennifer Hautman
How true it is...
When I am happy, my heart overflows with love..
I think of how much more loving I am after I have received a warm note of appreciation.
I think of how much more loving I am when I am well rested.
I think of how loving I am when I have taken a break and strolled around a reflecting pool of water.
I am much more likely to greet that stranger with a smile, take time to encourage my teenager, or give my husband a hug.
When I am crying for acceptance, I begin to draw within..
I think of how unloving I am when I have been criticized.
I think of how unloving I am when I am hungry.
I think of how unloving I am when I am struggling with an assignment and feeling inadequate.
I am much less likely to make eye contact with the office intern, listen to the complaints of a colleague or volunteer for another project.
If this is true for me, I am sure it is true for many of you. It is also true for our husbands, our children and our colleagues.
If you want to be happy and be able to share love, begin by nourishing yourself. Begin with a full cup, so you will have much to share.
I Believe in a Ray of Hope and I believe your cup will be constantly replenished....
Start loving yourself today!