Sometimes you spend so much time loving other people that will never even think to reciprocate or appreciate your love. You’re lucky if they even recognize the phone calls and acts you do, as love, if they even see your friendship/relationship to the same degree that you do. Now’s the time to love yourself with that same intensity. Stop waiting for them to notice, for them to reciprocate, or to even miss you. Just pour that love into yourself. Encourage yourself and fill yourself back up with time, attention and acts of love. In the end you are your one and only fan. The one that has been there from day one and will remain there until your very last breath. I mean I’m sure I’ve loved people that never even realized it, I continue to love and cherish and relish people/ snapshots in time, despite the fact that I am the only one reflecting on these moments. However, those with big hearts and open arms never forget those that have touched them and those they hope were touched by them. While we express deeply through art, poetry, music, service and sacrifice; we also mourn the loss of every soul that has been close enough to take away a piece of our heart. Cratered, tougher, bruised and longing, it beats on. Yes we wear our hearts outside of our chest, many can see it, some will abuse it, others misuse it and then there are those that choose to peruse it, then lose it. Wrap your arms around yourself and reabsorb it. Who better to realize how beautiful, how loving, how giving you are? Who better to know how to cherish and preserve and bloom from it’s radiance? You. The source of it all, the one they call Love.
-C. Ragin Moore
honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
Matthew 19:19 NIV
*to love your neighbor as yourself, you must first love yourself.