Everyday we are bombarded with news and information telling us how hateful the world is, how dishonest people are, how heinous our neighbors are, that for some this becomes their outlook life…but I am here to tell you there is hope. There is something that can save us all. Do you want to know what it is?
It is not a secret formula or recipe. It can’t be found in a manual or textbook. This ability lives in every single one of us…it is the ability to love.
Your probably thinking well Chris, how in the world can love change the world or more so myself? Simple, when you learn to love yourself, you learn to respect what makes you you; from the things you like, to the way you dress to what your passionate about, to the kind of people you wish to surround yourself with. When you learn to love yourself you can begin to love others and be content with being you.
So how do you go about loving yourself in order to find yourself? I have that answer too. When you realize what you love you also realize what you hate. And when I say hate I don’t mean 1960’s segregation hate. I mean you learn that you hate homelessness or you hate the criminal justice system, or how animals at shelters are treated or you hate seeing people suffer. This understanding of what you hate is in actuality how you find what you’re passionate about and what you want to fight against, thus causing you to take some sort of action. Weird right!
Think about it, everyone has something or someone that they hate. David needed Goliath, Simba needed Scar, Cops need Robbers, even God needs Satan. Every single business in the world found something that they hated and decided to do it better, so what do you hate?
It’s not until you have found something that you are truly passionate about that’ll allow you to have the determination and fight necessary to achieve it. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Michael Jordan or Steve Jobs or any social movement such as, the Civil Rights Movement. In the case of Michael Jordan being told he wasn’t good enough to join the varsity team while in high school, allowed him to become something more than he currently was. He learned to love himself for what he could do and wanted to prove that he was the best player there is. He is now considered the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball.
Same with Steve Jobs, considered egoistical, crazy, a perfectionist, even getting kicked out of his own company. He was able to love himself and not worry about changing for anyone. He is considered one of the worlds greatest innovators, helping to change multiple industries (computers, mobile devices, eBooks, music even movies with the company he owned, Pixar.)
At lastly look at social movements such as the Civil Rights Movement. Rosa Parks was not the first person to refuse getting up from her seat on the bus. Martin Luther King Jr. was not the first preacher to stand against inequality. But these two are some of the vital members of a slew of people who changed America and sparked similar social reforms around the world. How did they do it? They loved themselves, found what they hated and had the resolve to withstand unimaginable pressure, violence and opposition.
So the question I ask you is this, do you love yourself? Are you able to walk into a room filled with people of all races, statuses, cultures, etc and still be yourself. If so have you found your passion? If not, instead of looking outward at what society is telling you that you should be concerned with, look inward and ask yourself what is it that you are interested in knowing, getting involved with and changing.
Love yourself and I can guarantee your outlook on life, people and everything else in between will change. If you want to follow the guide I used to learn how to love myself, find what I hate and begin to pursue my passions, enter your email below.