I came across this article the other day:
It resonated with something I’d been listening to that day (isn’t synchronicity great?) by Caroline Myss, in particular something she asked:
“Whose approval do you seek today?”
We spend so much time trying to please others – family, friends, partners, bosses, colleagues – the list is almost endless. Sometimes the need to gain the approval of others can tie us in knots as we become conflicted – trying to please everyone all of the time. Ms Myss went on to say:
“What about yourself?”
It’s the age-old thing that if you don’t like (love, approve of) yourself, how can you expect others to like you? It was quite liberating to realize that if I approve of myself, if I stick to my core values, then the people that matter will gravitate towards me. And how sweet is it to get the respect and approval of people you yourself respect!