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~The Gift of Self Love~

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Butterflies_dont_cry
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0 posted 06-06-2000 07:26 PM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry


In a world where Self Love is blindly sought
Weíve failed to see it canít be earned or bought

In the search, something important has been lost
There is in fact a forgotten cost

Self love does not mean you put your self above
There are others that need our selfless love

Share it with those around you and those you know not
The Golden Rules you canít claim to have forgot

In order to find love of yourself, love others first
Then youíll receive the gift of Self Love you thirst

Small gifts, kind words, a simple hug are all practically free
The littlest things can be priceless, give and you will see

Hold onto others and be placed in their shoes
You have no option but to let go of your blues

So search for ways to share your kindness
And youíll not be lost in Self Love Blindness

© Copyright 2000 Butterflies_dont_cry - All Rights Reserved
Tennessee Angel
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1 posted 06-06-2000 07:29 PM       View Profile for Tennessee Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tennessee Angel

Truly a beautiful poem and a lesson everyone should learn.  You cannot truly love others without having some of that love come back to you.  Great Job.



 "That man has shown himself great who has never grieved in evil days and never bewailed his destiny." --Seneca
amazon_lover
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2 posted 06-06-2000 07:32 PM       View Profile for amazon_lover   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for amazon_lover

Hi BDC
Rightly said and I understand your point. Thanks for the read.

Sincerely
A_L
Denise
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3 posted 06-06-2000 07:36 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very wise words, Butterflies!  

Denise
Butterflies_dont_cry
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4 posted 06-06-2000 07:42 PM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry

Thank you for reading   I wrote this after a "discussion"...lol with someone, we were discussing whether you needed to have self love before you could love another or vice versa....for me, if I am thinking of others first I can't dwell on my problems, I'm not saying give up your own happiness for someone else....just share with someone and ...yes like you said T.A. it can't help but come back to you   Thank you!
Honeybee
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5 posted 06-06-2000 08:19 PM       View Profile for Honeybee   Email Honeybee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Honeybee


Well written! A wise poem indeed.  It's something I wish for everyone because it's true, in order to love others we must first love ourselves.  Thanks for sharing this gem!  
Lone Wolf
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6 posted 06-06-2000 08:22 PM       View Profile for Lone Wolf   Email Lone Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lone Wolf

Beautiful and wise words you have shared with us, my friend.  Very well written.  

LW


 Friends are friend forever if the Lord's the Lord of them and a friend will not say never cause the welcome will not end.
--Michael W. Smith
EagleOne
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7 posted 06-06-2000 08:34 PM       View Profile for EagleOne   Email EagleOne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for EagleOne

A wise and talented poet is our butterfly.  

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.  ~James Matthew Barrie


 God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~Unknown


PoetasterD
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8 posted 06-06-2000 08:36 PM       View Profile for PoetasterD   Email PoetasterD   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PoetasterD

What a wonderful message and so beautifully conveyed! If only everyone would listen!

Best wishes,
Poetaster D
ps. Thank you for your comments on my poetry!
Kit McCallum
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9 posted 06-06-2000 08:40 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

A truly beautiful poem, with a heartfelt and poignant message Butterfiles ... wonderfully penned!

Best wishes,
/Kit
Butterflies_dont_cry
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10 posted 06-06-2000 08:54 PM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry

Melissa*  Thank you   I learned the hard way....believe me!!

L.W.* You are so very welcome, and thank you for your kind words my friend!

Eagle*....LOL...I wouldn't go that far...and now you have me blushing!!  Thank you for sharing this quote...I love it and it say's exactly what I was trying to convey   only with much fewer words....lol  Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

PoetasterD* Thank you for reading and twas my pleasure to comment on your poem  

Kit* Thank you so much for your kind replies, Sharing the sunshine you are  

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11 posted 06-06-2000 09:00 PM       View Profile for Aimster   Email Aimster   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aimster

Butterflies DC~

Your poetry always holds a
theme...and I LOVE this one. you
write not only beautifully but
entail a important lesson we all
need to remember. thanks for the
sweet and poetic reminder!
take care.
amy  

 "Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is before you can meet again. And meeting again after a moment or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends."

"Fate exists but it can only take you so far,
Because once you're there
It's up to you to make it happen."



spiked
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12 posted 06-06-2000 10:06 PM       View Profile for spiked   Email spiked   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for spiked

Lead through example.
This poem is a perfect example of the self love you speak of.
Thank you,
Rich
Alle'cram
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13 posted 06-06-2000 10:10 PM       View Profile for Alle'cram   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alle'cram

Butterfly;
  Absolutely breathtaking. So much truth and wisdom in your thoughts. So many people hurting it makes our own big problems seem like pebbles. I loved this poem.   Marcy
Alwye
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You speak such wisdom and say it wonderously as well, butterfly.  *applause*  This definitely deserves a few more reads.  Thank you for sharing this!  

 *Krista Knutson*

"Thought is real, physical is the illusion..." Albert from ~What Dreams May Come~


Janet Marie
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15 posted 06-06-2000 11:26 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

my my my...
how did ya get to be so wise...
you know I love this of course...
wonderful thoughts my SS...
you ponder with grace
but then angels and butterflies always do
later sweet-gator
jm

 I think I could need - this in my life
I think I'm just scared - that I know too much
I can't relate and that's a problem
I'm feeling ...
If you're gone - maybe it's time to go home
There's an awful lot of breathing room
But I can hardly move
If you're gone - baby you need to come home
cuz there's a little bit of something me...
In everything in you.
~MB20~

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~

netswan
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What a sweet poem, Butterfly.  

~netswan
Butterflies_dont_cry
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Amy* Thank you for reading and for you always kind words....you live this poem wonderfully  

Rich* Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Marcy* Yes, I agree, if we take the time to look....there is always someone much worse off than we are.  Thank you for reading.

Krista*  Thank you so very much, your comments are always appreciated.

S.S.* Wise.........well I wouldn't go quite that far, maybe just old enough to share something....lol   Thank you for reading and for teaching me this lesson through your example as well  

Netswan* Thank you for reading.
Danny Holloway
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18 posted 06-07-2000 11:59 AM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

~~well said, wise words indeed~~

 A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.

Christopher
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19 posted 06-07-2000 03:53 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Well spoken and wise boyond your tender years ma'am! I'm with you there too.. I'd much rather focus on someone else than myself... not only easier, but safer that way!  
Butterflies_dont_cry
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Danny* Thank you as always for your kind words and for reading.

Chirstopher*  We both seem to know that our age doesn't measure what we've lived and more importantly what we have learned along the way...good thing!! I never imagined you as one to take the "safe" way though....    Thank you for reading.


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sarahC
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21 posted 06-07-2000 09:09 PM       View Profile for sarahC   Email sarahC   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sarahC

Very nice poem....wish we all could live by this motto...the world would truely be a better place to live in. Nice job and excellent message!!!  
TerryW
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22 posted 06-08-2000 02:38 PM       View Profile for TerryW   Email TerryW   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit TerryW's Home Page   View IP for TerryW

Holly~
     This is so beautiful and so true!
You always have a way of taking things we take for granted and making them appear as special and priceless as they truly are!



Love Ya~

 ~you reached inside, you touched my heart,
and I am all the better for it~
Terry A. Woodson, Jr.
lorilockheart
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Giving to others certainly does do so much for our own soul.  I am willing to bet that's how you live your life.  I guess that's why you're able to give so much here at Passions - you are definitely in touch with yourself - lucky for us!  Love this one too, Butterfly - like all the others.
Lori

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance - I hope you dance.
song by LeeAnn Womack
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Butterflies_dont_cry
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24 posted 06-09-2000 11:50 PM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry


Sarah*  Thank you for reading and yes it would be!!

Terry*  The simple things are those that matter most, thank you for reaing.

Lori* Welcome home!!  It makes things look a whole lot better when you are giving rather than complaining    Thank you for reading and for you kind comments  
 
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