Weekend Inspiration ~ About Love


Love 10I Believe In Love. I Believe Love changes everything. Corny…I know. But I believe it to be true. As we move through our days, we experience many different emotions. And depending what is going on in our lives, negative emotions can take over and we can find ourselves trapped in a carousel of feelings that do not promote our well-being. And I believe Love can change that.

Rather than staying in the anger or frustration or sadness…choose Love. Not that you have to love the circumstance or even the person involved…or that you deny your emotions. But…return to Love. It is the only thing that will make anything better. Send Love to the person or circumstance with the idea that you would rather have a solution born of Love than Anger.

And the first step toward this…is through Self-Love. The first person you send Love to…is You! Love yourself enough to do the right thing…for You. And then…all else falls into place. Blessings!

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Weekend Inspiration ~ Love Yourself

Look in the mirror today…and see Love looking back! You deserve it!

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Repeat this to yourself over and over until you believe it!

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For Love Of Self


(I wrote this piece about a year ago, but after this difficult week, it seemed important to post again. I hope that it speaks to you and gives you good cause to pause, and consider yourself and the love that is within…for You!) Blessings!

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“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the multitude of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”  ~ Jodi Picoult

“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.” ~ C. Joy Bell C.

“To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too.”  ~ Victoria Moran

“How would your life be different if…You stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions? Let today be the day you stand strong in the truth of your beauty and journey through your day without attachment to the validation of others.”  ~ Steve Maraboli

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” ~ Steve Maraboli

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” ~ Carl Jung

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”  ~ Brene Brown

“Always remember, You are loved, You carry the love, You spread the love, You radiate the love, And the love is returned to you.”  ~ Karen Hackel

“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”  ~ Deborah Day

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

Loving oneself, oddly enough, is one of the hardest, yet most courageous things we will ever do. Ask anyone, and they will give you a long list of things or reasons why they are imperfect and not deserving of self-love. They may accept that someone else may love them, but when it comes to accepting ourselves for who we are, exactly as we are, in this moment and loving that, we are loathe to do so, and reject the concept.

We are enamored with the idea that our self-worth, our self-love, is dictated by those around us and what they think of us. Are we worthy enough? Are we smart enough? Are we successful enough? Are we pretty enough? Are we charming enough? Are we dedicated enough? Are we giving enough? Are we strong enough? In these questions…what is the common denominator, the common thread/word? ENOUGH! Are we enough of anything to be loved, accepted and even more so, respected and held in high esteem? We compare ourselves to others and think, no, I am not as good, so therefore, I do not deserve to love myself…until I can become *insert word here*, and then I might be good enough to deserve that self-love. And what if, no matter how hard we try, we never “become” that “thing” we dangle in front of us that measures our worth. Will we withhold love of ourselves forever then?

The thing is…we are not nor will we be “enough” to be loved and held in high esteem unless we…without judgment, without question, and without fear…love and accept ourselves completely for who we are at this very moment in our lives…faults and foibles and all. We will never be that perfect vision we have of ourselves because we are human and no one human is perfect. And THAT…is what makes us lovable.

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Today…embrace all those reasons why you hold self-love at arms length, and wrap them in love. The best way to overcome anything is to love it, not push it away or withhold acceptance until it fits your picture of what it should be. And that includes ourselves. We do not withhold our love from those people or situations in our lives that need us until they are perfect do we? No, we love them in spite of all the imperfections and frustrations. Now, we need to do that for ourselves.

Be brave…and love yourself no matter what….and watch yourself blossom in the light rays of Self-Love like a flower blossoms in the light of the sun. Be your own sun, and illuminate the beauty of you and bask in the warmth of your love for yourself.

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Tuesday Affirmations ~ Being Unique


It is that time again…time for “Tuesday Affirmations”. The cards practically jumped into my hands today, so ready were they with a message for us. The card that came forward (from the deck “The Gift of Affirmations by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber) is:

The Gift of The New:   “I Love and Accept Myself As A Unique Individual”

The Message:   “Use this gift when it seems that you are not being accepted for any reason, but especially if it is because you are different from other people or you want to be different. You do not need the acceptance of ignorant or intolerant people. You cannot change anyone else. What you need is to love and accept yourself for being a good person.”

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from the Desk of MarDrag:

Being accepted. From the time we go on our first “play date”, we experience the feeling of wanting to be accepted by others. Then pre-school and fights over Play-Doh invade our lives…and the push is on. The questions that will play in our minds for the rest of our lives begin. “Will they like me”…”Why don’t they like me?…Why do they like them and not me?”…”What do I have to do/be to be liked?”…and a myriad of other questions and thoughts that plague us. Because, all we really want…is to be accepted…as we are and for who we are.

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As we grow up, we learn the hard lesson that not everyone accepts and likes everyone. There will be some who…for whatever reason…just do not like or accept us. It is easy to allow that opinion to impact us and leave us wondering why…am I not good enough…am I different…and what do I need to change so I am accepted “just like everyone else”.

The things is…”accepted just like everyone else”…is a thought that is really only in our minds. Because everyone experiences these same emotions of feeling unaccepted. Even the most popular and well-liked people have their insecurities. It just doesn’t “look” like it from where we stand because we are captured in a cloud of our own dissatisfaction with ourselves. We tend to think the hardest about ourselves…and that, surely, everyone else feels ok. And that makes us feel “different”. Which becomes another reason not to be accepted. A vicious circle.

But what I find, and believe…is that virtually everyone feels this way most of or at some time in their lives. So…we are all really not that different. With respect to our emotions that is! Yet we are each Unique in our individuality, so special that there is no one other person who is just like us…and that is what makes the world such an interesting place. Would we want it any other way?

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Yes, there are those that criticize and chastise and ridicule…but this (I believe) is because their own insecurities are so great that they must put others down in order to raise themselves. Most of the time, however, that “raise” is just in their minds as well.

So…if we are all Unique…yet experience the same emotions…what matter is it if we are not accepted by someone else? The only person that should matter…is US. The most important person in our lives to accept and love us…is US. If we fall in love with ourselves, and accept ourselves for the whole of who we are…who could possibly resist doing the same? We would give off that energy…and it is catching!

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Love and Acceptance starts within. When we Love and Accept ourselves…then we are far more likely to Love and Accept others. It is a chain reaction.

You are Unique and Wonderful and Brilliant and Lovable…just being You! Love and Accept your Amazing Self…and the world will follow your lead! And if they don’t…it won’t matter! The people in your life who Love and Accept you as your Unique self are who matter…not the ones that don’t.

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