Loving yourself

As children, my sister and I would head downstairs to dress up in mom’s beautiful negligees and our plastic princess shoes. We would sing along and dance to Dionne Warwick’s “What the world needs now is love”. At eight, I knew that love is all anyone ever truly needed. It took another 58 years to fully realize, it is our own love that is so necessary to our well-being. 


Tightly wrap your arms 
around yourself.
your embrace.
It is your love
you crave. 
It is yours to give 
and to receive.

A child plays
within your heart,
curious to see
around the next corner.
Close your eyes,
embrace this child.
Cherish them.
Encourage them
to run free,
to be in wonder,
to express
and to embrace ALL.

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