If Only You Could Love Yourself

If only you could love yourself, think how much happier and healthier you would be.  Perhaps you would be less likely to put yourself into harmful situations or spend time with people who are bad for you.

Perhaps you would be more likely to…

Understand how important you are to the people who find joy in spending time with you.

Embrace who you are and stop trying to change yourself into someone you were never meant to be.

Possess the self-confidence, purpose, and determination to reach your true potential.

Establish personal boundaries that set limits to what you are willing to tolerate in others and yourself.

Engage in some form of daily exercise to strengthen your body and reduce your stress.

Practice forgiveness to release and heal from the emotional traumas that impede your ability to move on.

Consume the food and drinks that are nutritious and avoid abusive drugs that can permanently damage your mind, body, and spirit.

Realize your hopes and dreams with a “can do” attitude.

Center your mind through yoga, meditation, or downtime for self-reflection.

Live for the present and future instead of fixating on what was or should have been from the past.

Rejuvenate your heart and soul with gratitude, appreciation, and kindness towards others.

Keep growing and developing by staying current in the knowledge and skills that it takes to thrive in today’s changing world.

If only you could love yourself…enough to experience the beauty of a life worth living.


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Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living

Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A.  in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at Saddleback College, a large community college in Southern California. She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at Boise State University  and on the Board for LEARN Idaho.  Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging.  As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.