A Common Myth People Believe About Selfless Love
Depriving yourself as the ultimate expression of selfless love
I’ve heard more than one person say something along the lines of, “‘Di bale nang wala ako, basta meron siya.” Roughly translated, it means not minding depriving yourself of life’s necessities just as long as your loved one gets all his/her needs fulfilled. That pronouncement might sound like an encapsulation of selfless love at face value, but I don’t think that’s the way to go about it.
Taking care of yourself is not selfish
My conviction has always been this: taking the time to take care of yourself enables you to take care of others fully. Investing time and effort to take care of yourself is not selfish. You can’t give when you’re running on empty anyway. Thus, you can’t take care of others without taking care of yourself first. In a roundabout way, practicing self-love is what allows you to love fully.
Tangible ways to practice self-love
Selfless love is awesome; I think it’s something that we should all aspire for. That said, I don’t think depriving yourself is the ultimate expression of it. I came across this post on HuffPost on tangible ways on how to practice self-love (Meads, 2017) and am sharing some of the ways listed there in the infographic below.
This Valentine’s, please don’t forget to practice self-love too. <3
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Tips on practicing self-love from Alexis Meads of the Huffington Post.
Photo from Brooke Cagle.
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