The book of Corinthians describes love as being patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
We can truly learn all that is needed to be learned about love if we simply understand what love truly is. True love is the love you should give to yourself first. I do not believe that you can ever truly love a person if you don’t fully love yourself. How else will you know when it’s real? Unfortunately, I had to learn this valuable lesson the hard way.
I used to fall in love by the drop of a hat and quickly learned that heartbreaks don’t feel as good as they sound. I now better understand the true meaning of love; I have been able to adopt a new approach to love and falling in love. This new approach of “loving me first” was adopted shortly after a terrible break-up. I realized that I didn’t love her the way she needed to be loved simply because I was selfish. Selfish of the fact that all of my love was reserved only for her; I never really considered me in that equation. That’s why it didn’t work out. How can you truly love someone if you don’t understand what love is? Or who to give your love to?
I am reminded of the lyrics to a song that the late great songbird Whitney Houston sang ever so beautifully; “Learning to love yourself, is the greatest love of all”. This is truly a timeless message. Simply, if you want to experience the greatest love of all, start by loving yourself first.
You deserve it!
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