Monday Motivation: The Greatest Love Is Self Love!

Please take the time to read these lyrics and if you can listen to the song while reading this post:

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed at least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity

Because the greatest love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed at least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity

Because the greatest love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all

And if by chance that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

-Whitney Houston

I know that this is a little late in the day for a Monday motivation post but I still felt as though it was important to post this today. For some reason I have heard this song a few times over this weekend. The first time I was hanging out with a friend and the song began to plan and each person in the group we were in began to sing. Everyone there new the song because it has been the graduation song here for a number of years. But it reminded me of those positive messages and affirmations that this song possesses I remember walking across the stage feeling like I could conquer anything. I think song was essential to my generation in our you.
Then yesterday I was listening to Whitney Houston and I heard it again. And suddenly it carried a different meaning a stronger connotation, especially looking at myself 20yrs later. All the messages and affirmations that made this song to beautiful to me as a teenager become even more powerful after living though the struggles and finally realizing that all the love I spent so many years looking outward for what way deep inside of me and all I had to do was nurture and feed it and it would grow. And as I’ve discussed before placed myself on a journey to improve who I was and take better care of me in the process.
Yesterday listening to this song I couldn’t help but to wonder about Whitney’s own person journey and how sadly her life ended. Wondering had she ever found that point in her life when she found peace, freedom, and love in herself that she had been so blessed to share with others. But it reminds of the responsibility that we have to inspire and lift each other up not just youth but adults as well. Sometimes people need a little extra push towards their dreams an believing in themselves.
So today if you see anyone who is down and need a little extra assist, give kind words it could be saving a life.IMG_1791.JPG

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