Loving yourself is not submitting to the things of this world, allowing them to define you or your individuality. We often tend to submit our life to things allowing our definition to become by these means. For example, how we live, how we relate to others and the dictating what one should or should not do. In this process as may others we lost how to love ourselves trying to love the way others say they will only love us.
We have to define “who we are” and walk, not by the definition of others perception. Realize within yourself “who you are”, are not the views of what others assume or what we may have been caught within. Often we can get caught in what others dictate “who we are”, and we can get caught walking in that reality. For example, we listen to them and their means of what their perception may be, believing it is so, causing our submission to become their definition. In this process, we loose who we truly are, and forget how to love ourselves becoming their internal reality. Take a moment to reflect; “who you are”, are not your bad decisions, “who you are” are our internal individuality, which is a mix of different internal means, our characteristics. Our “Unspoken Us”!
Characteristics definitions means a feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place or thing and serving to identify
“Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore mine eye be single, they whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Matthew 6: 19-23