Eagle Village, Alaska
I sent this picture to a friend last night and described it as "one of the happiest days of my life."
As I looked at the picture, I wondered, what was so special about that day and specifically, that moment. Almost 13 years later I can still recall the feeling of complete and utter happiness I experienced, standing there among the fireweed, hugging that dog.
I had known my husband for 5 years and during that time he helped and encouraged me to be myself, which took some time since I wasn't really sure who I was. During that long and often difficult process not only did I uncover the person who was hidden deep within, I also discovered that I liked that person.
I have learned that if you don't love yourself, you'll always doubt someone else's love for you. You will never fully appreciate the beauty and joy in life if your heart isn't free to love and be loved.
I found this a couple of years ago and would like to share it with you, my special friends. I hope you will find the ability to always be true and loving to yourselves.
Who will speak words of love to you, if you do not speak them to yourself?
Arise every morning and give thanks to the Power for your life, your awareness, your creativity, and all that you hold dear.
Then speak words of love to yourself.
As you love yourself more and more, the fountain within will flow more readily and persistently, until it overflows the bricks and mortar of your heart-well and brings forth life in all the corners of your garden.
You are beautiful.
You are unique.
You are my wonderful creation.
Love yourself each day before the pink dawn has lost its blush.
Love yourself as the noonday sun purifies the heavens.
Love yourself in the velvet shawl of twilight.
Repeat these words to yourself:
"I love you more than anyone in the world.
You are an infinite, immortal being.
You know only abundance.
You are the most wondrous creature in the world to me.
You are divinely beautiful. You are wonderful and magical and you have the gift of Love."
Then will the sparrows and swans drink from your hand, praising your kindness. The forest will be cooled by your generous waters.
Your name will be a blessing on the lips of all who thirst.