Blog 2458 – 07.18.2022
If you believe as I do that the highest power in all the Universe is merely your highest best self then prayer is self talk and the most blasphemous act of all is negative self talk. Jesus’ two great commandments (three actually), “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And love your neighbor as you love yourself” speak to the importance of loving self.
We have only to listen to how we talk to ourselves to know right away what our problem is. How do you speak to yourself when you make a mistake? Do you berate and belittle yourself or do you encourage yourself to try again?
Ray Stevens is most famous for his funny songs, like Guitarzan and The Streak, but my favorite album of his is Turn Your Radio On. One of the numbers on that album is Have A Little Talk With Myself. Whether you call that meditation, prayer, or quiet time, we all need to do that, and most of us daily.
A great way to start the day is to look in the mirror and say, “Hello handsome or hello beautiful, I love you.” My wife of almost thirty-three years and I have always called each other, “Baby.” Throughout our retired days I hug her every chance I get and say, “I love you, Baby.” I have a little morning ritual after I have shaved and showered, I look in the bathroom mirror and say, “I love you, Mama, I love you, Daddy, I love you, Baby.”
Every time I say, “I love you, Baby” I am saying it to God, my neighbor, and myself. Want to feel love all around you, everywhere you go? Be the answer to your own prayers and best intentions, have a loving little talk with yourself.
Your friend and fellow traveler,