Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday Thought

Love Ourselves Properly

Thomas Merton

We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others. What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.

Source: No Man Is an Island

1 comment:

Clarence Heller said...

How true. Reminds me of a poem I wrote, as follows:

How Often

How often
the person God
is most inviting
us to love
is ourselves.