Loving Yourself

Whenever I talk about loving, I’m talking about, first of all, loving yourself. Let me tell you right now if you don’t love yourself, you’ll never love anybody else.

You see, self love is one of the most important good ingredients to feeling good about others. The person who says, “Well, I’m overweight and I’m out of shape and I’m not very well disciplined…” You know what they said about other people? “Well, she ain’t no Miss America herself.” Yeah. “He ain’t no Mr. Charles Atlas.” See, what happens is when we put ourselves down, we begin to look for those same shortcomings in other people.

Now, I’m not talking about that self love that says, “I’m better than anyone else and no one compares to me” type love. I’m talking about that love that says, “Baby, I’m good. But in every way, every day, I’m getting better. I learn from every person I meet. I learn from every situation I experience.”

People say to me, “Oh, come on now, Ed. You mean to tell me you learn from losers?” Well, of course I do. I find out what they do and I don’t do it. I find out what they read and I don’t read it.

But a lot of people not only don’t learn from others, they don’t even learn from themselves. I was talking to a fellow the other day. I hadn’t seen him in quite some time. I said, “Well, tell me, sir… how have things been going for you over the last of years?” He said, “Well, they ain’t been going very good.” I said, “I believe if I was you, I’d stop doing that!” Isn’t that interesting? They do the things that cause them to lose and they do it over and over and over and wonder why they’re losing.

What I’m talking about is beginning to feel good about yourself, feel good about others, and therefore you bring out the best in everyone you meet.

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