Do the world a favour and fall in love with yourself – Damon Gautama
There’s this wonderful, spiritual chap in Golden, Colorado who has been pumping out his wisdom for over a year now, with no huge following, and no need of one; in fact I don’t think he even had a Follow me button until recently. Another blogger told me about him. Word of mouth is always good.
Anyway, he is not usually a man of many words, our Damon but when he writes, it’s pretty deep and sometimes even a little too much so, being so smart and all. I really have to get my head around a lot of his work, but it’s worth it. He also knows a fair bit about quantum physics, which is fascinating.
So his post today is so simple for him, yet so eloquent. Why is it doing the world a favour to fall in love with yourself? My teenager just said ‘that’s narcissistic’ but I said ‘Aha that’s just it; it’s not to me; it’s perfect’. And until you do fall in love with yourself, accept yourself warts and all, this is exactly the attitude you would have. A belief that it’s not allowed for some unknown reason. You’d fear shining a light upon yourself, standing out, of being seen as ridiculous, because surely if you told anyone else, you would invite them wordlessly to disagree that you are so worthy of this self love.
But widespread self love would actually be a joy to behold. It doesn’t mean you take on airs and graces. When you love yourself, you also love others equally so you don’t assume you are above them, by definition. And once you free yourself from the binds of low self esteem, you can allow yourself to give your all. You are no longer bound, and your creativity and self expression has no boundaries – look how the three words relate ; binds, bound and boundary!! Free yourself. Once you are expressing your glorious self, you are filled with passion, energy appears from nowhere and you are great to have around. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Even smiling is contagious as you will have noticed.
So I don’t care how others might judge those who love themselves. I might have done too in the past. I remember a mother saying “Why does my talented son have no confidence, yet my seemingly talentless stepson has it in spades?” Maybe the answer was in the question. I am just glad for the seemingly talentless one. Their talent is to teach everyone else that they can be great too; that they have a lot to give. They are doing the world a favour!
On a side note, I am reading the Fifty Shades of Grey series and loving it. Yes, it could be better written. Yes it repeats itself a little and ecstasy comes a tad too easily, but I am thrilled for EL James and thrilled for the rest of us also. She has given so much joy to her blog followers, book readers and probably cinema goers once the film comes out. She has also given hope to all writers out there if fame is what they seek. EL James snuck past ‘the gatekeepers’ who would surely not have published her writing. I admire her even more for her confidence in getting her talent for a story out there; irrespective of what the naysayers see as a lack of writing skills to go with it. She is proof of the power of belief against all odds; that everyone has genius if we could only see it.
She did the world a favour and I hope everyone else does too. Dust off your talents and fall in love with yourself for whatever reason. The world will be richer for it.