Most of us are so readily appreciative of the fine qualities that we see in others, yet we often overlook these same qualities in ourselves.
Even the most vile and negative individuals have a spark (albeit teensy weensy in some) of innate goodness and beauty. If we can recognize and appreciate these qualities in ourselves, perhaps they will blossom and grow as we learn to appreciate ourselves and become our own friend. Then we are never really alone!
Looking at our positive qualities and learning to love ourselves as we do others, enriches our lives and helps us to grow spiritually. Some may feel that this is narcissistic and shy away from looking within and appreciating what they see, but I feel that it is a very important step in learning more about ourselves and who we really are.
Inner peace prevails
As you learn to love yourself
And be your own friend
To meet this challenge, one needs to be brave--for this is not an easy thing to do. We are only too quick to judge and to find fault with ourselves, so to really look within and write about our positive qualities, is an extremely difficult exercise. Many may fear what others may think, "Who do they think they are!"---but that is not what is important. What is important is, "Who do YOU think you are!"
The more we genuinely love, respect, and care for ourselves, the more others will do likewise.
You could write about your loving qualities and how you help and care for others, how you express your creative talents, what you're doing to make the world a better place--from helping the less fortunate to doing what you can to preserve our planet--even if it is only recycling and car pooling--it all adds up!---what have you achieved?---take an honest look at all the good that you do in this world and all the goodness that is within you!--and what you are doing, in your own special way, to make this world a better place
For those who would feel more comfortable, to project their own qualities on to someone else, fictitious or otherwise, and write about "them"--please feel free.
Even if no one rises to this challenge, it is my hope that there may be some readers who will look within and gain more of an appreciation of who they truly are.
You could post your poetic reply in Open Forum and add that it is "EA's Be Your Own Friend Challenge"
~ Sending love to the brave of heart
[This message has been edited by Earth Angel (12-12-2002 07:30 PM).]