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Maybe the best thing we can do... is love ourselves. (Like the worm above, we should look upon ourselves in admiration and love.)
Not in a vain way that excludes reality. Not in a denial way that doesn't allow a healthy perspective or self-reflection. No, LOVE yourself in a way that brings you closer to who you are.
I see it again and again. As a child, we were closer to that joy and endless energy that came with self-love. We didn't know how to criticize and tear ourselves down yet. We didn't ask ourselves "What am I doing?" but looked ahead and asked "What will I do next?" There was a joy for the future! -Not a fear of it. Somehow, we let ourselves forget that. How is it that the older we get, the more we learn about the world, the less certain we are? Yet as a child, we knew far less and were far more certain of how things should be.
I know, I know. As a child, your family/society/culture makes initial decisions for you. They feed/bathe/clothe you and you don't worry about a thing. But is that really it? Or did our questions of the world eventually turn into questions we couldn't answer about ourselves?
- ...What do I do with my life?
- ...How do I make money and support myself and my family?
- ...Who should I marry/be with?
Sometimes, you ask even deeper questions:
- ...What is my purpose here?
- ...Where do we humans come from?
- ...Is there a God?
- ...How do I 'be happy'?
If you've stumbled upon this page and wondered what in the heck does Love is Who We Are means... this is a good article for you to read.
The pattern of logic follows thusly:
If LOVE IS WHO WE ARE... then WE ARE LOVE.
If we want to know ourselves, and we are love, then KNOWING LOVE IS KNOWING OURSELVES.
To expound upon the idea that the purpose of life (which is unknown) might be to understand the 'human experience', or to "Know Thyself"... and if the only way to know ourselves is to love ourselves... then it goes to reason that our purpose is to love ourselves, in in doing so know ourselvesb and furthermore allow others to fulfill their purpose of knowing the human experience by letting them experience our true nature as expressions of love.
The circle of logic gets a bit cerebral here, but if you let yourself mull that one over, it might just start to make sense to you.
Circle back to when you were a child -and let's assume you had a happy childhood: your heart was full of love, you felt certain of who you were, despite the fact you were emerging in this world all fresh and new. Even through change, you maintained that love -untili you started to lose that love and/or second-guess your own heart.
The simple truth I want to impart is this:
When you choose love (being around those you love, doing something you love, or making something you love) you are closer to an honest version of who you are than when you are doing something you feel apathetic about, or worse, something you hate. So, even if you don't know who you are, here's a way back: little by little, imbue your life with your brand of love. Become more of that love until you feel whole again, and then try to never second-guess that genuine person again.
Remember... LOVE IS WHO WE ARE and we are all love waiting to express itself magnificently!