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To Love Myself

Eileen  Manassian Avatar Eileen  Manassian - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail Go to Poets Blog Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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To Love Myself

To truly love myself- this I resolve
To guard with zeal my tenderness of heart
Of every sin and doubt myself absolve
And fortify and strengthen every part

To cherish and accept the inner me
To know and relish every single dream
The woman that I am, to set her free
To put aside each hindrance to love’s theme

I do resolve to be my dearest friend
To celebrate the wonders that I own
To spend time in my world and not pretend
To shine around the goodness I’ve been shown

A short time have I left to truly shine
And thus I vow to make my living fine

Entered For Regina's New Year's Resolutions Contest
On December 16, 2014

Learning to love myself has not been an easy task for me. Oh, it was easy when I was younger....perhaps I was overconfident then. Now, I have my good days and my bad days...days when self-loathing sets in and I find it hard to want to go on. I have learned...the hard way, that if you don't care for and cherish yourself, if you don't guard your dreams, if you don't look out for yourself, then no one will. It's a fact of life. You need to be confident and secure in who you are and what you have to offer. No matter how many times people tell you you are beautiful, no matter how often people tell you you are talented, no matter how many words are written in your praise, if you do not love yourself, you are unable to accept and believe and hope in the reality of these words. I'm not there yet, but I don't have much time to put this love into action. A healthy love of self is necessary. Christ said, "Love your neighbor...AS  YOURSELF: (as you love yourself).  I wish I had learned this sooner. I try to instill it in my daughter....this belief in oneself. I'm so glad that she is a confident, beautiful, and self-possessed woman. I can live on through her. Thank you all for your kindness to me. Thank you for loving me, when I've been difficult to love. May God bless you one and all. HUGS <3

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  1. Date: 4/14/2014 11:16:00 AM
    How could I not see the good in you? You possess a beautiful heart that shines from your eyes and through your words. I enjoyed rereading your poem Eileen. Big Canadian Bear Hug from Baby Bear.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/14/2014 12:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Richard....I'm touched by the warmth of your words and hug. Thank you for being so generous with you praise....Baby Bear hugs are lovely...
  1. Date: 1/28/2014 11:11:00 AM
    I enjoyed this one, Eileen. The message is timeless and timely. Hope you're well... PS FAVING THIS. Glad I was pointed this way.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 1/28/2014 11:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    So good to have a visit from you.....I enjoy your blogs. I've left a comment now and again....So glad to have your visit here. Thanks for being gracious enough yo fav this....Makes me so happy...HUGS
  1. Date: 1/19/2014 1:06:00 AM
    Such good thought and self advice. You came across with your message very well. I may soup mail you later, may not. Is nothing I just like view on sonnet theory.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 1/19/2014 1:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi, Charles. Thank you for your visit. Feel free to soup mail. I'm no expert in sonnet form. I know there are many different ways, but I got some help from a fellow souper here, so......I'm very indebted to him. Take care!
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 5:23:00 PM
    you have learned one of the great secrets of life Eileen to love one must first love one's self super write Shadow x smile hug

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 1/19/2014 1:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry this is so late, Shadow........I did want to thank you for your kind words on learning to love myself. It's a long process and I'm not there yet, but.....I'm trying!! Hugs back at ya!
  1. Date: 12/30/2013 4:12:00 PM
    thats the path i took in order to move forward beautifully penned eileen happy new year

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 1/19/2014 1:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry I'm late with this response, Liam.......I'm so glad that you have learned to love yourself.....You surely deserve it, my dear!!!! :)
  1. Date: 12/29/2013 11:43:00 PM
    Another beautiful poem. I am sad you feel you have to guard your dreams, dreams should be shared just like love. However who you are? Well for that people have to earn your trust, it should not be given easily. As for beauty, sometimes its a curse, for true beauty is timeless, when you see a person who knows to look inside and not at the cover, then you have found a person who knows true beauty. Listen to me being so wise and positive!! Oh the irony !!!!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 1/19/2014 1:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Arthur, you've been quiet lately...I hope all is ok. I can't believe I didn't answer this lovely post when you made it. I probably just posted an answer on one of your poems. I want to thank you for giving me this lovely advice. Irony? Well, it is always easier to advise others than oneself so...I completely understand. :) Sending you hugs today, wherever you are!
    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 12/29/2013 11:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I cant believe I made such a long reply!!!
  1. Date: 12/29/2013 1:56:00 PM
    It is extremely difficult for someone to love, oneself, honestly and unselfishly, unless one his inner voice listens to that whispers: You the creation of the LORD are! How is it possible not to love yourself? Love yourself dear Eileen for everybody else does love you! Happy New Year!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 12/29/2013 5:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for this sweet comment that I will carry with me into the New Year. You are kindhearted and sweet, my dear poet. I wish you your heart's desires.
  1. Date: 12/29/2013 10:58:00 AM
    Amen to that Eileen! Every woman shoul read this.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 12/29/2013 5:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You've seen the good in me, Richard. I am grateful. I won't forget it.
  1. Date: 12/29/2013 7:23:00 AM
    This is as good a new years resolution as they come my little Desert Orchid, I'll give it till Jan 2 lol. I'm making one myself, declaring not to tease Eileen any more, mind you, you could probably hold your breath and still live for how long that'll last hahaha Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 12/30/2013 4:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Better leave what I think to MYSELF, Mr Richard D Seal!!!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRR
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 12/29/2013 5:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hahaha I dunno what do you think?
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 12/29/2013 5:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Don't you mean CAN'T keep away?
    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 12/29/2013 10:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Back already, I just keep away lol
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 12/29/2013 7:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for this kind visit, Mr Seal. It is much appreciated. Forgive me, but I know you well enough to know that you are UNABLE to remain true to your resolution of not teasing me. YOU thrive on it, Mr Seal. It adds extra PS spice to your life, and you WILL be back. I am certain. Till then, I do wish you a pleasant start to your new year. May it be one filled with whatever brings you joy...though I will not venture to wonder here what that might be.
  1. Date: 12/29/2013 7:15:00 AM
    a touching poem as we all live in a fortress of solitude, though sometimes we allow the walls to crumble

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 12/29/2013 7:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, Frederic, your post is full of wisdom and truth. Thank you for your visit. I hope the new year is filled with good things for you.
  1. Date: 12/29/2013 7:02:00 AM
    Eileen, if there was an award given for honesty on this soup, I'd give it to you, you pierce my heart with you're open disclosures and truth, I believe it is never to late to become the woman who always dreamed of being, so go for it dear heart, and know this, you have a special place in my heart, always, your Rose xxx

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 12/29/2013 7:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes dear, my honesty does get me in trouble at times, but...that's part and parcel of who I am. Thanks for your kindness to me in this past year. You have been a dear, and I love the way you encourage everyone here. Your spirit shines. Love you.....Have a wonderful New Year!
  1. Date: 12/29/2013 6:48:00 AM
    - Eileen, it's almost a new year - new opportunities, we can start the year with a "clean slate" - Not easy .... but make a try. - Well written, dear friend - HAPPY NEW YEAR!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 12/29/2013 7:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, my dear. I will....So much needs changing....Let's hope for the best. I also wish you every blessing and grace! HUGS