Self-love is hard, y’all. Even knowing that the lack of it may be hurting you and your efforts to lead a more fruitful and fulfilling life, once you get into that self-destructive pattern it’s a desperately hard one to get out of.
Author - Lauren Meeks
I recently sent a text to my mother-in-law, thanking her for how well and unreservedly she has loved me since I joined her family. Her response was simple: “I’m so grateful that you accepted our love!”
As I reflected on her words, I realized that this simple sentence has profound implications for our day-to-day lives and relationships.
I recently finished reading a novel by Alain de Botton called The Course of Love. It follows the lives and romance of Rabih and Kirsten as they meet, fall in love, marry, have children, and shoulder on through the trials of life.
There was one passage in particular that really stuck out to me, grabbed me by the ears and simply would not let me go. I’ve copied it here below:
A balanced life.
It’s what most people are searching for, that ever-elusive elixir that always seem just out of reach. We strive to find the perfect equilibrium, that happy medium that leaves us with all the best things in life – health, happiness, friends, family, and success.
As a lover of language, I enjoy playing with words. Puns, plays on words, and semantics are all sources of great pleasure for me.
Some semantics, however, matter far more than others.
I had heard about Mei long before I had the pleasure of meeting her. A co-worker of my husband, he had already told me many stories about her zeal for adventure and passion for travel before we ever clapped eyes on each other. Now that we have officially met, Mei has certainly lived up to all of the stories my husband told me. I love following her travels – it seems that every time she posts something online she’s in a different country!
Here is Mei’s story:
A few weeks ago I heard a speaker telling her audience about her recent trip to Copenhagen.
As the taxi driver drove her around the city, she marveled at its the beauty.
She was so effusive in expressing her delight at what she was seeing that eventually the driver made a comment about it.
“You know,” he said, “I appreciate you finding so much beauty in this city. I’ve been here so long that it’s all become commonplace to me. I don’t really notice the beauty all around me anymore.”
They only played 35 minutes of the game. They fell asleep in the second half. They tried to coast their way to victory. No matter how you describe it, the Atlanta Falcons’ performance in the Superbowl a few weeks ago was less than impressive.
I promise I’m not going to start making all of my posts political. However, today is president’s day, and so I feel obliged to write just one more politically-minded article.
It’s easy to complain about the state of affairs in one’s country. It’s far more work to actually be active and politically involved in the topics you care about.
I had a rocky start into the world of dating.
When I started getting interested in boys, my parents instituted a rule that anyone who wanted to date me would have to ask my dad’s permission to do so first. I thought this was silly and impractical, but I complied since I was still living under their roof.