Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Power of Positive Narcissism

From time to time, a cyber-friend, noting my focus on "youthing", has accused me of being vain, and that my actions along those lines are driven by the desire for compliments and admiration.  He
implied that this was at the expense of my spirituality.

This is a vast oversimplification. Although of course it's nice to be noticed and appreciated for one's appearance, I am driven more by the desire to be the best I can be on all levels, and to express that to
the world, regardless of what anyone else thinks of me. In short, it's more about self-appreciation and self-love rather than looking for this outside of myself.

All of this takes awareness and discipline! it's about the farthest thing from a "quick fix." It's an ongoing journey of learning and growing. This is, of course, part and parcel of spiritual development.

I want to look good, yes. I want to feel good. I want to do good, to be a positive force in the world, and I can best do that by first cultivating my own garden, taking the best possible care of me.

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