The answer may seem obvious, UNTIL you create the two column list; one side PROVING you like yourself, the other side PROVING OTHERWISE.
Each of us uses different parameters when determining whether we like or love ourselves. I’m going to provide some questions you can add to your own list to help you determine TRUTHFULLY whether you like yourself.
How often do you CREATE time for yourself to do (or not do) anything you’d like?
How often do you CONSIDER your needs for personal growth and development?
How often do you take advantage of the available OPPORTUNITIES in life?
How much time do you spend improving the QUALITY of you LIFE?
How much effort do you invest in your HEALTH (including exercise, quality nutrition, stress reduction, sleep and social interaction with family, friends and community groups?)
How much time is “invested” in ANGER, RESENTMENT, FEAR and FRUSTRATION?
Does your nature lean toward displaying empathy and compassion or judgement and ridicule?
Are you HAPPY and FULFILLED?
If you had a chance to re-live life all over again, would you (BASICALLY) live it the SAME WAY you have, or make MAJOR CHANGES to your life?
These are nine basic questions that most people would agree determine (on some level) whether a person TRUTHFULLY likes themselves or not. Most of us live such busy lives, we don’t typically take the time to consider these questions. It is important to realize, however, that “being busy” often impacts the quality of our lives. We tend to neglect prioritizing ourselves resulting in destructive patterns of behavior and habits that further erode our emotional NEED of SELF LIKING (OR LOVING) in favor of SELF PRESERVATION.
Why not take a moment to create your own list of questions and add them to the ones I’ve provided. Your answers will provide important information to improve personal AWARENESS regarding how much you really LIKE YOURSELF! Regardless of the REALITY of your current situation, LIKING oneself creates a foundation necessary before LIKING (and loving) the WORLD is possible.
If we look around us today, we don’t witness a lot of LIKING and LOVING. This has been replaced with INTOLERANCE, DISRESPECT, JUDGEMENT, and DISCONTENTMENT. Maybe it’s time we consider harnessing these negative emotions we EXPRESS and feel toward others and begin using this ENERGY to RE-BALANCE the SHORTFALLS within our own lives.
I believe this is the path toward LIKING and LOVING oneself; a path that must be discovered BEFORE we can truly begin LIKING or LOVING others.