“While many people fear that following their joy is a sign of selfishness or egotism, they do not realize that they have a long way to go before they would become self-indulgent. More people suffer from a sense of unworthiness than from arrogance. The remedy for unworthiness is practicing self-love. Consider every invitation that comes your way and every act you undertake an opportunity to feed your spirit. The items you purchase (or don’t); the job you go to (or don’t); the relationships you enter into (or don’t), and the vacations you take (or don’t) all demonstrate how much you value yourself and your heart’s desires.
Consider the money you spend as an investment in yourself: you are buying stock in a company you believe in, you recognize your vast potential, and you want to get in on the ground floor of your achievements. I heard a woman report, “I love my husband so much that I would do just about anything if I knew it would make him happy.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from the inside out.”
Alan Cohen, in “Relax into Wealth”
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