How do I love… me…

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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For the last few weeks, Monique and I have posted “Let Me Count the Ways Wednesday’s” posts for you all. In these posts we have told you what we love about the people in our lives.

The poem above sparked our title for our Wednesday posts, and it is possibly one of my favorite poems. I just love the feeling I get when I read it… that feeling that someone could possibly love another person that much… the idea that someone could possibly love me that much.

It’s no secret that I don’t have the best self-esteem. I am insecure and don’t see myself as attractive, or any of the things other women are. However, I am working on it. I decided a day or so ago that I wanted to spend some time just really learning to love myself. To see myself as God see’s me. To see myself as my husband see’s me, as my kids see me.

So.. here is a list of things I love about myself. (Moment of honest: this was difficult)

1. My humor. I have to admit that I’m a pretty funny person. It’s a defense mechanism… if I’m funny people are laughing at me by my choice… but still, I’m funny.

2. My eyes. I do believe that I have pretty eyes.

3. My heart. Despite being repeatedly hurt in my life, I feel that I have a really great ability to love others.

4. My compassion. I am compassionate to others. I cry when I see sad stories on tv or in the paper. I hate when I hear of bad things happening to children.

5. I can cook and bake. I am a good cook. There are a few things that I cook/bake really well – roast, cupcakes, and potato soup. I am a good cook.

That’s all I can come up with for now, but it’s a start. I am hoping that as time goes on, it will be easier for me to do this.

What do you love about yourself?

~Aleah

 

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