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To me, unconditional love was something that was practiced outwardly towards others. It was never an inward practice. I can love myself, as long as I don’t have that extra cupcake or as long as I get my tasks done. I can love myself just fine if I stay the course and don’t get pulled into another direction. When this happens, the enemy of self worth, guilt, steps in and tries to consume me with it’s lies. Trying to make me believe that because I failed, that I’m somehow diminished, that I’ve devalued myself in some way. It’s a lie, and I need to realize this. Unconditional love of myself allows me to break free from guilt and shame. It doesn’t excuse my behavior, it allows me to separate my actions from my self worth. It allows me to learn from my failures without judgment.