What a difference it would make if you spent time looking after yourself. If you surrounded yourself with friends who loved you, if you gave yourself a break every now and then, and if you told yourself you were doing great.
What if you really loved who you were, and you were satisfied with what you had?
Simple: you’d be content. You’d be healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. And that feeling would emanate from you and affect everyone you interacted with.
How do you get from here to there?
In this book, we will see that this requires a two-pronged assault. We need to change our thinking and the way we consider ourselves, and we also need to change the way we look after ourselves. What we eat, how we spend our time, and how we control our environment.
I liken this to looking after yourself the way a mother might look after her children. That means not only taking care of yourself physically by grooming, feeding, and making sure that everything else is done right – but also taking care of yourself emotionally. When you’re down, a good mother will tell you not to worry, and that you’re great. If we treated ourselves like this and internalized that kind of affection, the world would be an easier, kinder place.