“Why do you allow yourself to be in situations throughout the day, even minor ones with store clerks, customers, or telephone calls, in which you are made to feel depreciated? It is because of a belief many of you picked up from your culture that you do not have the right to choose whom you are around. You may feel you owe your time and energy to others, or that you are obligated to give them attention if they want to be a part of your life.
Some of you believe you must be loving, supportive, and caring to everyone. Loving someone does not mean making their feelings more important than your own. If you study the lives of highly evolved beings, you will see that there are many ways to be loving to others, including being blunt and not tolerating petty behavior, although speaking bluntly is done with compassion and love.
Being committed to your higher purpose and loving to yourself is the first priority. In your day-to-day contacts, know that you do not owe anyone your time or energy. They are the greatest gifts you have been given, and how you use them will determine how much you will evolve in this lifetime.”
Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power through Awareness”
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