Lately I have encountered some confusion around self-love, arrogance, conceit and unrealistic self images. Self-love bears no relation to the latter three. Self-love is a measure of health itself, and the other three are the psyche bent out of shape.
The Buddha had something to say about the kind of loving kindness that is self-love:
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
And Jesus reminded us,
"Love your neighbour as yourself".
Tacit in that reminder is that we do love and respect ourselves.
As long as we are breathing we are 'works in progress', so I invite you to check your progress in self-love and self-respect with this quick quiz for parents and teachers alike.
Your mouse won't interact with this quiz I'm sorry (that is a bit beyond my technical ability at this time).
Click here if you want to print off a hard copy.
Still a believer in the printed word - does that make me a fossil?