By MGAL Expert Theresa Robbins
This year, my intention, my guiding principle, my theme, my motto is Choose Love.
I chose this intention because I want to fill my heart, my life, my every thought, my every deed with the sweet joy of loving fully and allowing myself to be loved fully.
Somehow it seems that it might be easier to love fully than to be loved fully, but 2010 brought me lesson after lesson that revealed to me the truth and importance of that old saying: to truly love someone else, you must love yourself first.
I am definitely guilty of trying to create love by loving other people first and then hoping – a little desperately at times – that my love would be reciprocated and returned.
Unfortunately, that old philosophy of love doesn’t actually work which is probably why my relationships have seemed to fall flat at times. It has left me feeling rejected, abandoned, and alone when I thought I had done all I could to create love. It has left me vulnerable and hurting. It has left me pissed off, angry and resentful.
So much for being a loving person, eh?
So I’m changing it up. These days I’m starting with me.
By offering myself compassion, forgiveness, and permission.
By allowing myself to feel what I feel and think what I think without judgment.
By understanding that the only guarantee that I will be loved the way I want to be loved comes from an agreement I make with myself.
It’s only the beginning of February, but so far, it’s paying off. Big time.
I hope you’ll join me and choose to love and be loved in a whole new way.