Are your eyes contracted and unable to see your finest self?
Do you dowse your beautiful inner flame with self-criticism?
Are you ignoring talents, abilities, qualities that lie fallow within?
Do you compare yourself to others and always come up short?
Is it time to try a little tenderness.....
All-consuming self love is not the goal.
Self-acceptance is the goal and the starting point.
Once achieved you are finally free
to stop concentrating on yourself and your shortcomings
and fully apply your talents and abilities to the service of life.
Selfless love and service are the ultimate goals,
which can never be achieved
if you are "to thy sweet self too cruel".