I made myself a mug of tea and headed for the living room. I switched on the fan, sat down on the sofa and reached for my iPod. I set the timer to one hour, touched the start button and sat back to enjoy one hour of quality time with myself.
Why, you ask. Our relationships with other people and the world are contingent on the relationship that we have with ourselves. If we have a healthy relationship with ourselves, the positive energy will radiate out and have a positive influence on the relationships that we have with others.
If you don’t love yourself, it would be impossible to love others. If you don’t love yourself, how can other people love you? If you don’t respect yourself, don’t expect other people to respect you.
That brings us back to the reason that I just spent one hour with me. The acid test to see if you love yourself is to schedule one hour of quality time to spend with yourself. During this time, switch off the TV. There should be no distractions. No sleeping, no music, no surfing the Internet, no iPad, no book. Nothing. Just you and you.
See how your feel about spending one hour with yourself. You see… if you can’t stand your own company, why would you expect other people to want to be around you?
How well did I fare when spending one hour with myself? I think I did pretty well. It didn’t feel like the longest one hour of my life (keep in mind that I hate waiting and long queues). I didn’t keep on glancing at the clock to see how much longer to go. It wasn’t torturous.
I started sipping my tea and let my mind wonder. Friends and the fun times we spent together. I reflected on past events. I found myself smiling and laughing at fond memories. I gained insight into the person that I have become.
That was one hour well spent. And I enjoyed my own company quite well. 🙂
“Harmonic Wealth” by James Arthur Ray