“Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully.
You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don’t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
A lot of the time we put other people’s feeling over our own all in the name of being considerate. We go all out to be all things to everyone else but ourselves. The practice of self-love is not only for your benefit.
The Art Of Projection
How you feel about yourself generally translates to how you see and treat other people. When you learn to acknowledge yourself, flaws and all, you then FULLY understand who you are. The sooner you acknowledge self; the sooner you can accept your authentic self. Once you have moved to acceptance the more love you will start to show yourself. That will automatically change the way in which you interact and allow people to interact with you.
Take time to know self and watch your world change.
When you meet someone you like, you take the time to learn their habits. You learn their likes and dislikes and you go all out to impress them. That very same effort you use on that guy/girl, take it for yourself. Crush on yourself, learn your habits, learn your likes and dislikes. When you know who you are, you are in a better position to choose the right friends and company.
Treat yourself with as much respect as you so easily award others. Take yourself seriously, know that the power and confidence that you so often crave; lies within. All you need to do is acknowledge it.
The famous saying “put others first” has a good message behind it, however, it needs a one up. Put others first but don’t leave yourself behind.