When I Loved Myself Enough: The Power of Love

love yourself in wood typeWe’ve all experienced the emotional toil and grind of the weight loss journey. Somewhere along the way, something snapped or clicked or blew up and you said, ‘this is it,’ and you decided to undergo surgery.

And yet, as we begin to heal, we realize that underneath we are still scarred. That’s why I remind patients that gastric bypass surgery is a process of healing body, mind, and soul. Learning to love yourself is critical to whole-body health.

This passage below reminds me of the healing power that love posses. I need to be reminded often, the journey continues on. But thankfully, we’re all on this amazing ride together.

When I Loved Myself Enough

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody. As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.
Today I call it RESPECT

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it MATURITY

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.
Today I call it SIMPLICITY

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything the drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is MODESTY

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening.
Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.
Today I know, THIS IS LIFE

The text above was written by Kim & Alison McMillen as “When I Loved Myself Enough”.