Teaching those around us what our priorities are — and remembering them ourselves — makes for harmonious relationships. Clarifying ourselves to others brings honest connections that are grounded in mutual respect.
Honesty starts with us. A little honest self-love does wonders for our personality… Artificial acceptance of people and circumstances we resent makes us ill tempered. Identifying those who habitually abuse our time and energies is pivotal, but identifying them is only step one. Avoiding them is step two, and this is where a lot of us stumble. It is as if we doubt we have a right to tranquility, respect, and good humor.
“But, Julia,” I’ve heard people wail, “are you saying we should be selfish?” Personally, I prefer selfish to simmering, cranky, hostile, and long-suffering. And is it really selfish to take time to have a self? You need a self for self-expression — and you need a self for a lot of other things as well. If the unexamined life is not worth living, the unlived life is not worth examining
Excerpted from the article:
Charity Begins at Home: Be Nice To Yourself
by Julia Cameron.
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