This past week was Valentine’s Day. If you had any time to be online, walk through a store, or listen to the radio, you have heard and seen lots of images about love. This time of year, the images are mostly romantic. But hardly tells the whole story, does it?
One of the most important types of love is self-love. It’s something that rarely gets talked about for fear it will sound selfish. But the fact is, we all need to learn how to appreciate and love ourselves, especially when we are in junior high and the messages we are hearing from everywhere around us is that “we’re not enough.”
We have spent the last few weeks helping the girls develop self-love without them even knowing we were doing that. We have had them talk about things they love to do, what they’re good at, what they’d love to learn. They’ve taught each other things they know, and in hearing positive feedback, in celebrating something about themselves, in recognizing their strengths, they have begun the process of loving themselves. And when they do that, their self-esteem grows.
“Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.” Ravi Shankar