This morning my daily inspiration comes from Louise L. Hay. She had a couple of quotes that rang true for me. One was: “If you wait until you become perfect before you love yourself, you’ll waste your whole life. You’re already perfect right here and right now.” The other is: “We are all students and teachers. Ask yourself: What did I come here to learn and what did I come here to teach?” Both these quotes remind me that we are here for a reason and that we are not meant to be perfect. We are here to learn and become the best that we can be and the way we can do that is by first loving ourselves. Through our experiences, mistakes, victories, etc. we are learning and we are also helping others to learn. I heard a quote that always makes me smile that goes along the lines of “If I can’t be a good example, I can at least be a warning”. We don’t realize what an impact we have on others and how our experiences can be of benefit to others. If you look back on your life, chances are you will find your most difficult experiences have been your times of greatest growth. If we can stop beating ourselves up and expecting perfection, finding fault and judging ourselves we can really start to move forward and become the best version of ourselves we can possibly be. If we treat ourselves as we would someone we love dearly, imagine how far we can go. How many of us overeat, overwork, use drugs, don’t take care of our bodies, tell ourselves awful things about ourselves, fill our minds with self-loating and self-hate. Who does that serve? By loving ourselves we can be better people and in the process we have far more to offer the world and those we love. We can be better employees, better parents, better friends. We cannot give away what we do not have. If we are constantly berating or judging ourselves, how can we offer love and acceptance to others? How can we recognize when others are giving love and acceptance to us? Of all the relationships we have in this world, the one with ourselves is eternal. Today I invite you to look in the mirror and look right into your eyes and say “I love you”. If may feel odd, it may feel silly, but try it. What have you got to lose? Loving yourself could be the greatest gift you can give to the world. Because remember – we are all students and teachers in this world and we can all make a positive difference.