There’s a common saying that says in order to love others, you must love yourself. I go back and forth on that one and think there’s more than one way to look at that.
I do believe, however, that before I can understand the world around me, I must understand my place in the world. It’s important to discover my part in making the world around me the best it can be, making sure that whenever I leave a room it was better than when I entered. Making sure that what I say and do gives instead of takes away. That I lift others up rather than tear them down.
It’s important for each to know one’s strengths so those strengths can be shared with others, as well as to know one’s weaknesses so those areas of need can be strengthened.
It’s important to know and understand one’s own morals and values so as to stand firm when the undercurrent of the opposition threatens to undermine those values and carry us away to dark territory.
“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
― Peter Hamilton