Monday, May 30, 2011

My Mother Taught Me.....

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of
next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going
to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't
have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

FABULOUS QUOTES....worth reading !!!

This small collection of deep and meaningful quotes is shared by people looking for inspiration from those who have been there. Inspired wisdom can motivate you to get out there and make your dreams a reality!

"Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow."~ Mahatma Gandhi

"I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do." ~ Edward Everett Hale

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
~ Mark Twain

There are three classes of people: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see ~ Leonardo da Vinci

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain

"The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure." - Author Unknown

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” -~ Albert Einstein

"Love and you shall be loved." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly." ~ Robert F. Kennedy

"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." ~ Confucius

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~ Marcel Proust

"Change your thoughts and you change your world." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

"Our lives improve only when we take chances... and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves." ~ Walter Anderson

"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling." - Margaret B. Runbeck

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Within each of us, nature has provided all the pieces necessary to achieve exceptional health and wellness, then left it up to us to put them all together." ~ Diane McLaren

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle

"We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy.” ~ Sir William Osler

"We should not have to wait until we are sick to be well” ~ Diane McLaren

“We are under exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.” ~ John F. Kennedy

"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places"
~ Author Unknown

"There is no magic herb that can replace the need for actual physical activity " - Diane McLaren

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” - Chinese Proverb

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” - Gandi

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down” - Lily Tomlin

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. “ ~ John Steinbeck

"Your imagination is your preview to life's coming attractions." ~ Albert Einstein

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” - Henry Ford

“I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.“ - Author Unknown

“Most people come equipped by nature with all of the pieces of a puzzle necessary to enjoy life with excellent health but by the time they get their career and family underway, most have not only managed to scramble the puzzle … they’ve actually lost some of the pieces" ~ Diane McLaren

"Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong? ~ Jane Austen

"Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider."
~ Sir Francis Bacon

"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens." ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear." ~ Mark Twain

"A Hospital is no place to be sick." ~ Samuel Goldwyn

"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Courage is what counts." ~ Sir Winston Churchill

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard

"Victory belongs to the most persevering." ~ Napoleon

"What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside you." ~ Wayne Dyer

"Don't listen to friends when the Friend inside you says 'Do this'." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
~ Author Unknown

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. ~ Josh Billings

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."~ Voltaire

"At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment." ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside." ~ Albert Schweitzer

"Health is not valued till sickness comes." ~ Dr. Thomas Fuller

"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses." ~ Hippocrates

"Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing." ~ Redd Foxx

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. " ~ Albert Einstein

"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire."~ Aristotle

"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man." ~ Euripides

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity." ~ Louis Pasteur

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." ~ Abraham Lincoln

"Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration." ~ Thomas A. Edison

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” ~ Galileo Galilei

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy ~ Walter Anderson

A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else. ~ Cardinal De Retz

The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Your body has the amazing ability to naturally realign and heal itself, if you’d just give it some basic attention! - Diane McLaren

Self-trust is the first secret of success. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy." ~ Dale Carnegie

"Lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action." ~ Anthony Robbins

"Hope has two beautiful daughters - their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are." ~ St. Augustine

"The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." ~ Lao Tzu

"There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." ~ Denis Waitley

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quotes on Pain and Suffering

One thing we may be sure of, however: For the believer all pain has meaning; all adversity is profitable. There is no question that adversity is difficult. It usually takes us by surprise and seems to strike where we are most vulnerable. To us it often appears completely senseless and irrational, but to God none of it is either senseless or irrational. He has a purpose in every pain He brings or allows in our lives. We can be sure that in some way He intends it for our profit and His glory.
Jerry Bridges

Don't give up because the pain is intense right now. Get on with it, and before long you will find that you have a new vision and a new purpose.
Stuart Singer

I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.
Elisabeth Elliot

I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain.
John Henry Newman

So many times we say that we can't serve God because we aren't whatever is needed. We're not talented enough or smart enough or whatever. But if you are in covenant with Jesus Christ, He is responsible for covering your weaknesses, for being your strength. He will give you His abilities for your disabilities!
Kay Arthur

In a Christian community, everything depends upon whether each individual is an indispensable link in a chain. Only when even the smallest link is securely interlocked is the chain unbreakable. A community which allows unemployed members to exist within it will perish because of them. It will be well, therefore, if every member receives a definite task to perform for the community, that he may know in hours of doubt that he, too, is not useless and unusable. Every Christian community must realize that not only do the weak need the strong, but also that the strong cannot exist without the weak. The elimination of the weak is the death of the fellowship.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture's mandate to us is, "Weep with them that weep." (Romans 12:15, KJV)
Billy Graham

Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.
Robert Schuller

Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering.... The love of God did not protect His own Son.... He will not necessarily protect us - not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.
Elisabeth Elliot

We all know people who have been made much meaner and more irritable and more intolerable to live with by suffering: it is not right to say that all suffering perfects. It only perfects one type of person...... the one who accepts the call of God in Christ Jesus.
Oswald Chambers

Even though I have rough moments in my wheelchair, for the most part I consider my paralysis a gift. Just as Jesus exchanged the meaning of the Cross from a symbol of torture to one of hope and salvation, He gives me the grace to do the same with my chair. If a cross can become a blessing, so can a wheelchair. The wheelchair, in a sense, is behind me now. The despair is over. There are now other crosses to bear, other "wheelchairs" in my life to be exchanged into gifts.
Joni Eareckson Tada

The greatest Christians in history seem to say that their sufferings ended up bringing them the closest to God - so this is the best thing that could happen, not the worst.
Peter Kreeft

What good would outward appearance be, if the soul were in hopeless darkness? To strive to keep our bodies fit and healthy is good, but a fit and healthy soul is even better.

When we go through trials and troubles we can always rely on God and know that He will be with us and will help us through. Clouds and rain can help make your roots strong and give you stability if you let God work through them. David in Psalms 124:1 - 8 expressed the same idea. So let us rejoice in our clouds and rain and know that God is still in control even when we can't see Him. (Living with Muscular Dystrophy)
David Vincent

Whatever might have happened, not every thing is bad news. Jesus is on your side. You may be forced to spend a lot of time on your own, but utilise that time. I find it enables me to get a lot into the Word, and to pray for many people. I see all the people rushing as I used to do, and many are hurting. I have learnt to sit and watch people. As a lady walks past I say, "Thank you Lord that she can walk. I am sure she needs it more than I now do. Maybe she has family", and I start praying for her needs, and I find that as I do that I can cope with any hurt in my heart. I am convinced there is no hurt in your heart that you cannot overcome as you reach out to the needs of others.
Massive Stroke Survivor.

Dear God, Help my unbelief. When I'm in pain, I forget that you care about me. I forget that you have helped me through my trials. I forget that you hold me in your arms to keep me safe. I forget that you are feeling my pain with me. I forget that you love me, I forget that I am important to you. Show me your presence - let me feel your enveloping love. Heal my hurting soul. Thank you for staying with me even in my unbelief.
Timothy Dailey

Your afflictions are not eternal, time will end them, and so shall ye at length see the Lord's salvation; His love sleepeth not, is still in working for you; His salvation will not tarry nor linger; and suffering for Him is the noblest cross out of heaven. Your Lord hath the choice of ten thousand other crosses, beside this, to exercise you withal; but His wisdom and His love choosed out this for you, beside them all; and take it as a choice one, and make use of it. Let the Lord absolutely have the ordering of your evils and troubles, and put them off you, by recommending your cross and your furnace to Him, who hath skill to melt His own metal, and knoweth well what to do with His furnace.
Samuel Rutherford

When I was on my feet, big boisterous pleasures provided only fleeting satisfaction. In a wheelchair, satisfaction settles in as I sit under an oak tree on a windy day and delight in the rustle of the leaves or sit by a fire and enjoy the soothing strains of a symphony. These smaller, less noisy pleasures are rich because, unlike the fun on my feet, these things yield patience, endurance, and a spirit of gratitude, all of which fits me further for eternity. It is this yieldedness that gains you the most here on earth.
Joni Eareckson Tada

No one enjoys feeling weak, whether it is emotionally, spiritually or physically. There is something within the human spirit that wants to resist the thought of weakness. Many times this is nothing more than our human pride at work. Just as weakness carries a great potential for strength, pride carries an equally great potential for defeat.
Charles Stanley

The fact that disabled people hang in there does something for Christians. It's not about being an inspiration for others, it more than that.... it's a mystery. God somehow strengthens others by their faithfulness. They may feel like a burden to others, but God thinks the opposite. He thinks its necessary for others to take care of the disabled... they do more for one's spiritual well being than can be imagined. What's more is that it's all being credited to the disabled person's account, per Phillipians 1:25-26. If the disabled person is alone and does not meet others, they must endure for the purpose of teaching the unseen powers, the rulers, and authorities in the heavenly realms about the powerful and all sustaining Lord (Eph 3:10).
Joni Eareckson Tada

Pain is a kindly, hopeful thing, a certain proof of life, a clear assurance that all is not yet over, that there is still a chance. But if your heart has no pain -- well, that may betoken health, as you suppose: but are you certain that it does not mean that your soul is dead?
Arthur John (A. J.) Gossip

Oh what a happy soul am I although I cannot see, I am resolved that in this world contented I shall be. How many blessings I enjoy that other people don't. To weep and sigh, because I'm blind? I cannot and I won't.
Fanny Crosby

I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody.
Mother Teresa

In Wisdom There Is Life

Communication is the key to success. Without communication our lives would become almost impossible. Even the simplest job such as painting a wall with friends involves communication. First communication would be necessary to organize when the painting would happen, then it would be used to purchase the necessary equipment and paint. Last it would be used to keep the job running smoothly and effectively. If communication is such a big part of our lives surely the Bible would have something to say about it. It does. In fact whole chapters are devoted to our words. The Bible can act as guidelines for our speech. By following the guidelines for speech set up in the Bible a person can learn when to talk what to say and how to say it.
When should we talk? This is obviously a good question. Talking when we shouldn’t can get us in trouble, but so can not talking when we should. According to the Bible, in Proverbs 1:5, the wise listen and add to their understanding. Well that makes sense. If someone doesn’t pay attention during a class it will have negative impacts on his understanding of the concepts when it comes to a test. In Job chapter 2 after job has lost everything, his three friends come to comfort him? Unlike how someone would normally comfort another they say nothing and sit with him for seven days of lamenting. Only after those seven days if lamenting do they speak, but then they find out that they should not have done so. God tells the three friends that He is angry with them. For, although they tried to comfort Job, they spoke wrongly of him. This is just one of the many examples that sometimes silence is the wisest choice.
If someone is grieving what should we say? If we say the wrong thing they will only suffer more. Fortunately the Bible has guidelines for this also. In Proverbs 2:11, it says that discretion will guide you and protect you. Using discretion in our words will shield you from creating enemies. In Proverbs 10:19 another guideline for our speech is set up. It says, “When words are many sin is not absent.” This simple line will greatly benefit anyone who applies it to their life. If we can remember not to let our tongues wander than we can be sure to keep from speaking evil of others. In Proverbs 10:21 it says that our lips should be used to nourish many. Our speech should benefit those who are near. These few simple guidelines will help us live better lives and might help save us from making enemies.
Even if we say the right thing how can we be sure that it will be accepted? A good guideline to follow can be found in Colossians 4:6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” If our speech is always kind we will not make enemies and we will be more effective at communicating. An offensive word can turn even a friend into an enemy. Proverbs 15:1 reveals that a gentle answer turns away wrath. Our words should be patient. In verse 18 of chapter 15 in proverbs it tells us that a patient man calms a quarrel. If we can use our words to stop a fight between our companions, then we have done well.
As in all areas of our lives if we follow the Bible’s guidelines for our speech we will succeed. If we remember the things the Bible has taught us we will be able to use our communication to help gain people to Christ. As long as we remember to speak only when we should, to keep our words few, to say what is right and appropriate, and to speak in a way that it will be accepted then we will have mastered the art of communication. As told in proverbs 10:31, “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom.” Our goal in life should be to become as wise as possible, for in wisdom there is life.

The Message on the Wall

It wasn't what you would typically expect to find hanging on a wall in the ladies' room of a department store. There was no nasty, explicit, un-repeatable message scribbled in pencil with an unsteady hand. In fact, it wasn't even written at all. It was typed. About ten lines of various lengh, leading to one simple message, typed in small print on a tiny business card.
But there it was. Someone, whether she was married to the leader of a church, in a crisis herself, or just a thoughtful person trying to do something, anything, to help someone else, left this card:

You can get to Heaven without a job,
Without ever owning a home,
Without expensive clothes,
With no money in the bank,
No shoes on your feet,
Never earning a college degree,
Without getting married,
Or having power and influence,
You can get to Heaven without a million other things.
You cannot get to Heaven without Christ.

That was the message. No rhyming words, or church logos, or even an illustration. Just that plain, simple, pure message. It was directly in the line of vision of anyone that dried their hands, being tacked to the wall beside the paper towel dispenser. If you could read, you could not avoid it.
Those words are true. In the Bible, Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can enter the kingdom of God except through Me."
No matter what happens in our lives, if we have faith in God and His son Jesus Christ, we are saved. We know where we'll go when we're gone, what to expect when this world ends, and what really matters in life. Faith. Hope. Love.
Truthfully, I don't know what happened to that card, or even if it had much effect on others who read it. It was years ago that I saw it, yet I remember.
My guess is that, after a week or so, someone that could not understand and had not accepted the message, took down the card. It was most likely thrown in the overflowing waste-basket below. They were most likely outraged, and felt like in choosing another religion, they had been denied something. And they were right.
I also look at it like this: that card is still remembered. A single moment spent tacking a little piece of paper to a bathroom wall caused a memory that has lasted in my mind for years. I know those words are true. Whoever put the card on the wall believed them, cherished them, and tried to do good through them.
And what about the person that did away with the card? Where they ever saved? That I don't know. Only they, God, and maybe a few of their friends, will ever know. But think about this. They saw those words. They had to read those words. Instead of accepting the message, they became enraged and tossed them away. But they did read them. They had to think of them. And they too, may remember them.
Reading turns into thought, thought to wonder, and wondering, sometimes, to accepting. Even if recalling them in hatred, that woman thought about those words, turned them over in her mind, and they aroused something in her.
And if she, or anyone else that read that card, is still alive, then there is still time for them to listen, to hear, and to understand, the message on the wall.

Monday, May 23, 2011

What roses and other flowers say about you

Here are some of the meanings of different flowers you might stumble upon.

1. Roses – Love
2. Orchids – A belle
3. Iris – My compliments
4. Daisies – Innocence
5. Tulips – Declaration of love
6. Calla Lily – Beauty
7. Amaryllis – Splendid beauty
8. Hydrangea – Heartfelt
9. Anthurium – Hospitality
10. Daffodils – Chivalry
11. Chrysanthemums – Fidelity
12. Carnations – Pride and beauty
13. Lilacs – Youthful innocence
14. Birds of Paradise – Joyfulness
15. Tiger Lily – Wealth, pride
16. Peony – Bashful
17. Anemone – Anticipation
18. Sunflowers – Pure thoughts
19. Aster – Patience
20. Gladiolus – Strength of character

Rose is the king (or is it queen?) of flower. Picking any rose doesn’t always mean you are conveying the right message. Here are some of the secret meanings of different types of roses:

1. Red Roses – Love and romance
2. Black Roses – Vengeance
3. Blue Roses – Mystery and intrigue
4. Pink Roses – Gratitude and appreciation
5. Purple Roses – Love at first sight
6. White Roses – Innocence and purity
7. Green Roses – Fertility
8. Yellow Roses – Joy and friendship
9. Lavender Roses – Enchantment
10. Orange Roses – Enthusiasm, passion

Saturday, May 21, 2011

17 Ways to Love Yourself

If you’ve suffered from low self esteem, then the root cause can be a lack in self love. It is possible that you will find it hard to find that little bit of love for yourself. 
Learning to love yourself starts with making a conscious decision, an intention to become happy and lead a fulfilled life. When you do not love yourself and suffer from low self esteem, it is almost impossible to ever reach your full potential.
“Love yourself first and everything falls into line.”
Lucille Ball 

When you make a decision to love yourself, you are really saying that you want to come alive. You accept that you are responsible for the outcomes that you experience in your life and would like yourself to shine from living a fulfilling life.

1. Fall in love with yourself. Think about what makes you You. Just like a flower that needs watering to grow, learn to nurture yourself in every way. Love yourself for all the good that you see and accept your flaws and the fact that you are imperfect. This does not mean that you do not learn to change from your shortcomings; instead, you are being gentle and kind to yourself despite all your “flaws”. Look in the mirror and fall in love with the reflection that is You.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
Oscar Wilde 

2. Eliminate Self Criticism. Do you often berate yourself over the tiniest thing? Is there a little voice inside your head that often tells you that you are no good because you are stupid or make mistakes. If you find that you criticize yourself often, make an effort to stop the self criticism.
 "I CAN is 100 times more important than IQ.” — unknown

3. Be Kind And Positive. When you start to think kindly and positively about yourself, the love you have for yourself just grows. Make it a habit to praise yourself everyday, while in the front of the mirror. Because of such thoughts, you naturally undertake empowering actions that support your development.

4. Acknowledge Your Effort. It’s not always about winning or having success in everything that you do. Many times, it is the effort that counts! Acknowledge that you’ve done your best, even if you have failed to produce tangible results.

5. Let Go Of Worry. Loving yourself requires you to let go of your worry. It is a horrible way to live a life filled with constant worrying. I can attest to that! Worry does not help in any way. It cannot, on its own, make things happen. Only wise actions can! So instead of worrying, spend time thinking about what you can do to help in the situation. If the situation is beyond your control, then ask the Universe for your desired outcome and let things work out on their own. Things will come to be, if they are meant to be.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” — Epictetus 

6. Trust Yourself. Have confidence in your abilities. Know that you have the ability to make important changes for yourself, for as long as you put your heart to it. You can also support yourself by visualizing desired outcomes.
 “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
Benjamin Spock

7. Forgive Yourself. If you have made mistakes in the past that had caused you to feel less worthy, then you need to forgive yourself. All of us make mistakes; so there really is no need to beat yourself up over them. Or if you’ve been carrying around a baggage of emotional hurt because of a childhood trauma, learn to forgive yourself.
 “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
Lewis B. Smedes

8. Be Truthful To Yourself. Loving yourself requires you to be truthful about your own feelings. If you are happy, acknowledge the joy. If you are sad, acknowledge the sorrow. When you are truthful about your feelings, you do not try to lie to yourself or seek to bury your negative emotions. Instead, acknowledging what you feel provides a good guide to what your thoughts are. And as we all know, thoughts can be changed, so that healing and self growth can take place.

9. Grow Spiritually. When you spend time growing spiritually, loving yourself is an automatic thing. You become more peaceful, connected, kind, loving and compassionate. You nurture a mind that grows more beautiful by the day.

10. Make Positive Affirmations Everyday. Post affirmations that can help raise your self esteem everyday. For instance, say this to yourself “I love and accept myself completely and unconditionally.” Read your affirmations out loud several times a day.

11. Express Gratitude. Express gratitude for the person that you are. For instance, cultivate an appreciation for your strengths and gifts. Also, feel a sense of gratitude that you are alive and well, and fully capable of making a difference in your life.

12. Nurture Your Dreams. Why deny yourself your dreams? When you nurture your dreams, you would love the life that you are leading. Every moment that you live is a joy because you are expressing yourself fully.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain

13. Boost Your Self Confidence. Make a deliberate attempt to look for opportunities that can help improve your sense of Self. For instance, if you are particularly good at doing something, set aside more time to indulge and improve your skills on it. Knowing that you have particular gifts can boost your self esteem.

14. Relax. You need to give yourself space to take breaks every now and then. If you spend your time working, without paying attention to your health, it also means that you do not love yourself well enough to take care of your own body. Fill your time with silence, soothing music and visions of beauty; anything that nourishes your Soul.

15. Have Fun. Inject some fun into your life. Life is meant to be an enjoyable. Don’t take life or yourself too seriously. If you can think of life in this manner, you automatically relax and quit worrying over things that do not matter.

16. Look After Your Body. It is important that you strengthen yourself with proper nutrition and regular exercise. Your body is a temple and you should treat it with respect, love and care. It has been found that the lack of self love is often the root causes of conditions like eating disorders, obesity or even terminal diseases.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Jim Rohn 

17. Learn To See Beauty. When you learn to see beauty in every thing, you will also see beauty in yourself. Hence, stop to smell the flowers. Notice everything. Feel everything. The pink blush of the flowers in your garden, the greenness of the plains, the whisper of the gentle wind, or the myriad hues of an evening sky.

Here is a good affirmation to read and reflect on…..

“I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.
I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.”
Virginia Satir (American Psychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)

Loving Yourself

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball

I don't like myself, I'm crazy about myself.
Mae West

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.
Byron Katie

Our first and last love is - self-love
Christian Bovee

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
Veronica A. Shoffstall

If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor.
Nicholas de Chamfort

Self-love seems so often unrequited.
Anthony Powell

If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself.
Barbara De Angelis

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.
Sonya Friedman

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
Oscar Wilde

You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.
Author Unknown

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
Eldridge Cleaver

Love yourself instead of abusing yourself.
Karolina Kurkova

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
Walt Whitman

Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.
William Shakespeare

To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don't wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.
Alan Cohen

The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me.
W. H. Auden

To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way.
June Jordan

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
Fran├žois de la Rochefoucauld

Don't forget to love yourself.
Soren Kierkegaard

I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.
Muhammad Ali

If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy.
Kristin Chenoweth

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.
June Jordan

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Self-love is not opposed to the love of other people. You cannot really love yourself and do yourself a favor without doing people a favor, and vise versa.
Dr Karl Menninger

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are wont to condemn self-love; but what we really mean to condemn is contrary to self-love. It is that mixture of selfishness and self-hate that permanently pursues us, that prevents us from loving others, and that prohibits us from losing ourselves.
Paul Valery

It's not your job to like me - it's mine
Byron Katie

Love brings you face to face with your self. It's impossible to love another if you cannot love yourself.
John Pierrakos

He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Every man is prompted by the love of himself to imagine that he possesses some qualities, superior, either in kind or degree, to those which he sees allotted to the rest of the world; and, whatever apparent disadvantages he may suffer in the comparison with others, he has some invisible distinctions, some latent reserve of excellence, which he throws into the balance, and by which he generally fancies that it is turned in his favour.
Samuel Johnson

Getting ahead in a diffcult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.
Sophia Loren

The degree to which you love yourself will determine your ability to love the other person, who will be reflecting back to you many of your own personality traits and qualities.
Sanaya Roman

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
Carl Gustav Jung

Love yourself, for if you don't, how can you expect anybody else to love you?
Author Unknown

You can measure the impeccability of your word by your level of self-love. How much you love yourself and how you feel about yourself are directly proportionate to the quality and integrity of your word. When you are impeccable with your word, you feel good; you feel happy and at peace. You can transcend the dream of hell just by making the agreement to be impeccable with your word. Right now I am planting that seed in your mind. Whether or not the seed grows depends upon how fertile your mind is for the seeds of love. It is up to you to make this agreement with yourself: I am impeccable with my word. Nurture this seed, and as it grows in your mind, it will generate more seeds of love to replace the seeds of fear. This first agreement will change the kind of seeds your mind is fertile for.
Don Miguel Ruiz

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
Benjamin Franklin

Living life without self-courtship has a high cost. We risk losing our sensuality, our senses, precious moments with those we love, our smile, and our joy. When we romance ourselves, it prepares a fertile garden for a profusion of love to bloom in all areas of our lives. We regain passion and now becomes a moment not to be missed!
Corrie Woods

People often say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
Salma Hayek

We have nothing to lose by trusting the infinite power of the Self, except the bondage of our own ignorance.
Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi)

My primary relationship is with myself- all others are mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others. If I am commited to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment. My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.
Shakti Gawain

Self-love is the foundation of our loving practice. Without it our other efforts to love fail. Giving ourselves love we provide our inner being with the opportunity to have the unconditional love we may have always longed to receive from someone else.
bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins)