Do You Love Yourself?
Tragedy struck the entertainment industry and the hearts of many around the world yesterday. Robin Williams died at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. We lost one of the greatest comedians of all time, and I couldn’t help but feel extreme sadness. Like many of you, I started thinking, why would this legend do something like this? How could he possibly be depressed? Didn’t he have it all – money, success, fame?
Having battled with depression myself, I understand the intense fight it takes to overcome that state of unhappiness. It’s really sad that some people never defeat their demons, but I believe there is a message within this tragedy that we can all benefit from. At the end of the day and at the end of our lives everyone just wants to be happy; therefore, I really want to drive home the importance of self-love and why you should learn to truly love yourself.
My Message To You
I recently read a great book called, Cracking the Millionaire Code, written by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G Allen, and I’d like to share a quote from that book with you.
“Nothing is more important than learning how to love. It’s the bottom line of all bottom lines.”
Most of us can sit back and say that we love our spouse, our children, our parents and siblings, and our friends, but do we actually love ourselves? Do you wake up every morning feeling good about yourself? Are you happy with who you are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? If not then you should spend some much needed time working on YOU.
True happiness doesn’t come from circumstances or having a lot of money, or fame, or material things, and our friend Robin Williams is proof of that. True happiness comes from deep within you. A lot of people never discover or achieve this state of being and spend their whole lives feeling like something is missing. No one is born perfect; we are constantly evolving as we learn and grow. Every day we make choices that either better or worsen the quality of our lives.
To be truly happy, you must first learn to master yourself, and that includes learning how to love yourself for who you are. If you’re strong on the inside then you can handle anything external. Get up every morning and tell yourself, “I love you.” Work on “you” every single day. Know that if there is anything you don’t like about yourself or your situation, you can change it if you really want to.
I once saw a great billboard while driving around downtown Los Angeles that read:
At the time that I saw this billboard my life was in shambles. I had very limited resources, no money, no job; I felt like all my sanity went out the window and I was at a loss as to how I was going to change things around. When I read this quote, I thought how brilliant and simple it was. Then I pondered over the last part, “free humanity.” Are we not free? Honestly, some of us are not free, figuratively that is. We are slaves to our circumstances, slaves to a poverty mindset, slaves to our addictions, slaves to fame and fortunate. Sadly, if we don’t get control over this we will become slaves to our fate just as Robin Williams did.
I hope you take this message to heart and find things every day that you are grateful for and happy about no matter what was going on in your life. Our days are numbered and the countdown began the day you were born. We only get one shot at this life, so make it count. You are precious and deserve to be happy every minute of your countdown days. You can do anything you want in this world, but in the end, we all want to be happy. Begin with yourself and search your soul. Fall in love with YOU first, and everything else will unfold from there. When you are truly happy no matter what circumstance you find yourself in, you are free.