“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”
― Charles Bukowski
It takes a lot of courage and humility to share your own love stories, your pains and failures in front of an audience, to expose your vulnerability to strangers, but Tracy McMillan’s story is nothing less than a beautiful journey to self-love.
“First become alone. First start enjoying yourself. First love yourself. First become so authentically happy that if nobody comes it doesn’t matter; you are full, overflowing. If nobody knocks at your door it is perfectly okay — you are not missing. You are not waiting for somebody to come and knock at the door. You are at home. If somebody comes, good, beautiful. If nobody comes, that too is beautiful and good.
THEN move into relationship. Now you move like a master, not like a beggar. Now you move like an emperor, not like a beggar. And the person who has lived in his aloneness will always be attracted to another person who is also living his aloneness beautifully, because the same attracts the same. When two masters meet — masters of their being, of their aloneness — happiness is not just added, it is multiplied. It becomes a tremendous phenomenon of celebration. And they don’t exploit, they share. They don’t use each other. Rather, on the contrary, they both become one and enjoy the existence that surrounds them.”
Thanks Under the Blue Door!
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“If you want to be a photographer, particularly a photojournalist, you want to learn about the world. You want to learn about yourself. And you want to find things that you genuinely care about, because that will be the source of your greatest work.”
– Ed Kashi
Some wise words reported by Mélanie-Jane Frey. Thanks!