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My Own Best Friend

Friday, November 23, 2007

My Own Best Friend

If I was my own best friend, I would forgive myself for things I regret. I would tell myself it was normal to have things work out wrong sometimes. I would tell myself not to stand in such strict judgment of myself, that nobody’s perfect, and life’s a lesson. I would tell myself how much I love me just for being me.

If I was my own best friend, I’d cheer myself on when the going got tough and tell myself I’m almost there and I can do it. When I was feeling down, I would give myself a big hug and let me cry on my shoulder. I’d listen. I would give good advice—the kind that is constructive and helpful and doesn’t include any “shoulds”.

If I was my own best friend, I would point out that I was worth having around for a long time to come whenever it looked like I was about to indulge in too much of a bad thing. I would tempt myself with food and activities that were good for the being as well as the soul. I would encourage myself to foster relationships with people who make me feel good about myself, have something to teach me, and fill my life with joy.

If I was my own best friend, I would tell myself to stop wasting valuable time and live life to the fullest starting right now.

© 2007 Madeline Houston
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  • HENEVER
    This is great. Love this blog. So, very true. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)
    4723 days ago
  • RAVON27
    Just thought I would check out the sites of all my friends on my page and see how they're doing. So how are you doing? I love this blog. It is soooo true. Hope all is well.
    4913 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1772548
    That is wonderful! Thanks SO much for sharing!
    5002 days ago
  • SULTRYDAY
    Hi Maddie,

    I have been trying to reduce the "clutter" in my life of late - including the clutter in both my brain and C drive. I ran across a poem I saved years ago. It is meaningful to me and I hope meaningful to you. Here it is:

    LOVE AFTER LOVE
    originally by Derek Walcott - but I have altered it just a bit.

    "The time will come when, with elation,
    you will greet yourself arriving at your own door,
    and in your own mirror, you will smile a welcome,
    and say, sit here, eat.

    You will love again the stranger who was yourself.

    Give wine. Give bread.

    Give back your heart to itself,
    to the stranger who knows you by heart,
    who has loved you All your life,
    but, whom you have ignored for another.

    Sit. Feast on the joy of life."
    5003 days ago
  • JUSTLOCKET
    Such a truthful - thought-provoking - sentiment!
    thanks for sharing!

    5003 days ago
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