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February 10

   What's the most difficult relationship I've ever been in?
   Chances are if someone asked me that question, I'd think back to all the different partners I've had, and might even go back to my relationship with my parents or guardians.
   Maybe the most difficult relationship I've ever had is the one with myself. When I look at the names I've called myself, the ways I've treated myself, the times I've kicked myself in the butt, I really have to wonder whether any of my other friends would have ever put up with the same kind of treatment.
   Loving myself doesn't mean I have to shut myself off from the rest of the world; it isn't an exclusive relationship. It just means I need to treat myself as well as I'd like my partner to. Instead of wanting my SO to fill so many of my needs, I can lift a lot of pressure off of them by taking care of more of my needs myself. As I do so, I'll find my contentment increases, and I'll discover I'm able to give and receive love more easily.

Just for Today
   My relationship with myself is the longest one I'll ever have.
   Today I'll take time - even if it's just for a few moments - to treat myself in some of the same loving ways that I want my partner to treat me - with acceptance, tenderness, kindness, and caring.

You must love yourself before you can love another. By accepting yourself and being fully what you are, your simple presence can make others happy. - Jane Roberts


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