“If you don’t love yourself, you’ll always be chasing after people who don’t love you either.” —Mandy Hale
And conversely, if you do love yourself, you’ll connect with others who love you, too. They will have that love themselves, and they’ll recognize it in you. If they don’t, they’ll soon slip away as you zig and they zag.
I have a friend who opens doors for his 12-year-old daughter. Think about that. This is a young girl whose dad is teaching her, through this small gesture, to seek others who will treat her with respect and consideration. Anything less will not feel right, and will ultimately not be a good fit for her. Her future friends and romantic partners will be people who meet her at that level, or they just won’t cut it.
Wouldn’t it be great if all young people would be given lessons about self-respect, self-love, and who they surround themselves with? Of course, it’s never too late to learn this lesson, no matter your age.