I am totally over trying to be what other people want me to be. Or, to put it more accurately, trying to be what I think others what me to be. What is it that makes us want to be something more, or something less, than we really are? Is there is a power in the world that whispers to us, “The way you are is not quite right”? If there is it seems that everyone is listening to it! What would happen if we all stopped listening to this voice? What would be the outcome if we all appreciated the way we are, and the way other people are?
I think John Lennon was right. What the world needs now is love. Love needs a lot more attention than we give it. Forget the pop psychologists who say that you must first love yourself. Loving ourselves is a very egotistical, even narcissistic thing to do. True love begins when we love others, and sure, start with the ones who are easy to love. Then we stop criticising and judging because we accept them as they are. When we truly love other people, they will start loving us back. We experience this love within us; our love for them and their love for us. In this way we experience self-love – selflessly.