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Greatest Love of All
by FlyLady

Dear Friends,

In 2012 Whitney Houston passed away. I have spent today listening to her music; one song says so much to me; The Greatest Love of All! We will always love her voice and how we feel when we hear her sing. There is a line in this song that touches my heart; Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all. Finally Loving Yourself is this gift!

How do you learn to love yourself? What is Love anyway? To us it may be something that we have never had. Several years ago when I was in an abusive relationship; all I wanted was to feel loved. It didnít matter if I was loved; I just wanted to feel like I was. What I finally came to realize was I was never going to feel this way by his actions. I needed to find other ways to feel loved.

I started to meditate and in order to stay focused on my breathing I would repeat with each breath in ďI LOVEĒ and the breath out ďMYSELFĒ! Even though I didnít believe it yet; I still did it! I would meditate 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening. This became a way for me to slow my brain down; after a while the words that I said to myself began to manifest themselves into actions.

When something would not feel right; I would ask myself if doing that was loving myself. Now I have taken those simple words and turned them into my mission statement for my life. To find joy in everything I do.

This is one of the greatest gifts I ever gave myself. It keeps me from perpetuating the abuse by showing me that I am loved. Love is an action word. It is the result of some little deed that makes us feel good or special. I want you to take a few minutes right now and write down a list of things that you can do for yourself to put into action the word love.

Most of mine have become part of my daily routine.

1. Getting dressed to shoes, hair and face
2. Loving Movement
3. Drinking my water
4. Eating Breakfast
5. Eating snacks
6. Taking my vitamins
7. Taking a bubble bath
8. Removing my makeup at night
9. Laying out my clothes
10. Listening to beautiful music in my home and car
11. Going to bed at a decent hour.

These things sound familiar donít they? Isnít it strange that something so simple can be the basis for our FlyLady way of loving ourselves. If I can teach you to do this then believe it or not your home will come together and you will be FLYing!

Pampering is not a chore that can be procrastinated. When you donít take care of yourself it is one of the first signs that you could be depressed. If you donít take care of you; who will?

You do have time and when you hear yourself say, ďI donít have time!Ē then I want you stop right there and do just 5 minutes. You are going to feel better and before you know it you will be FLYing. Hey we may have to fake it till we make it but isnít that what practice really is! It will become a habit that will continue to bless you and your family. After all! If Momma ainít happy; ainít nobody happy!

Take 5 minutes and write down your list of things you can do for yourself. Then I want you to cut them up and put them in a jar and each day I want you to pull one out and surprise yourself with a good deed.

Learning to love yourself is the greatest gift of all!

FlyLady
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Love Like there is no Tomorrow
by FlyLady
Dear Friends,

As we all know today is Valentines Day. Over the years of growing up and having a family there is only one valentine card that I remember. Yeah we all got tons of them in school. I was in the second grade. We all built and decorated our own little mailboxes. Each of us got to deliver our valentines. When we opened our shoe boxes to look at our cards one little valentine stood out more than others. It was two simple hearts cut out of red construction paper and red yard tied through two holes to keep them together. It said Be my Valentine.

The little boy that gave me the valentine, rode my bus; I still remember where he lived and how his house looked to me as a seven year old. He did not have many clothes and I assumed that they were a very poor family. His simple valentine was special to me. I donít know if other children got the same type of valentine, but I loved mine. He had made it for me with his hands. Even as a seven year old I felt so special.

Remember it is not what you give that makes the impression; it is how you give it. One year for our first Valentines Day, I made Robert a wooden valentine. It was out of a piece of scrap ebony from a small broken statue. I took a hack saw and sliced it up and shaped a heart the size of a half-dollar. I hollowed out on one side a place for my just my face and put a little note on it; someone to watch over me. Then on the other side I hollowed out a place for a special penny that he loved.

It was a very simple valentine and he carries it with him every day. He places it in his handkerchief and puts it in his back pocket. It reminds him that he has someone watching over him and that God is listening to his every thought. It is a simple token of my affection.

Celebrate every day by loving like there is no tomorrow! Even if you are alone; you can do things for just for you. We had one lady that picked out her own pretty red heart-shaped of box of candy. She looked forward to it every year because it reminded her of her grand parentís love.

Happy Valentines Day! Love like there is no tomorrow! This includes loving yourself!

FlyLady

Every Friday is Date night. Place a heart on your calendar to remind you not to take your love for granted! Heart stickers are everywhere right now.

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