I believe that our relationship with ourselves comes before any and every relationship that we have with other people–with our spouses, our children, our family, friends and strangers.
As I’ve experienced more of life, I’ve also come to recognize that the quality of our relationship with self can reveal a lot about the quality of our relationships with others. There are a couple of ways this can play out. When I am gracious to myself, I can be gracious to others. I’ve also found the opposite to be true. When I am judgmental or impatient with myself, I have the tendency to be the same with others.
This message is an excerpt of “The revolutionary act of self-care” by Rozella Haydée White. Today is the ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
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