“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”― Siddhārtha Gautama
If I do not believe in myself, if I do not love myself, then who can? It was a long time before I realised no-one else could. I wanted everyone else in my life to make me feel good about myself and it didn’t matter how many times I received their approval, it never filled me or allowed me to feel complete.
Self-esteem is the opinion you have of yourself. Knowing who you are and valuing and respecting yourself is how we become confident in ourselves. While everyone lacks confidence and has self-doubts in life, when we are constantly unhappy with our lives and other people, it is usually a sign we need to look within and search why.
Searching for approval and validation from our family and friends will always fall short and fail to help us grow. It’s not a matter of building your self-esteem, it’s not a matter of thinking you are great, it’s more about letting go of the illusion you have created in your mind and what you believe others want you to be. It’s about allowing your magnificent self to shine through naturally without judgement.
Deep within, we actually know who we are, we have all the answers we need and we know what we need to do. When we trust that inner voice and trust that we have this ability within us, that’s when we will see the change we want in our life.
“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away quickly. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”― Laurie Halse Anderson
We are all wonderfully unique, we all have amazing gifts to share and receive from each other. When I step back and begin to know and feel this magnificence, this oneness with everyone, I begin to love who I am and cannot wait to learn more about this unlimited potential I have within.