Being Your Own Best Friend.

NOTE: This is a Guest Post used with permission from Gloria Thomas Anderson, LMSW at

A friend of mine once told me that she only felt “worthy” when there was a new goal to accomplish. Rather than feeling successful after completing a project, she felt sad. Another friend shared that she found herself self-sabotaging her efforts when things were going well because she somehow felt “unworthy” of success and was afraid that others might see her imperfections if she were to achieve her goals.

There’s an old English proverb that says, “You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself”. How true for both of my friends--and possibly others.

How we talk to ourselves and what we believe about ourselves is critical to what we experience in our lives. Being able to recognize when your thoughts are turning toward hindering emotions like fear, doubt, anxiety or guilt is important so that you can reconnect to the positive side of self-acceptance and value within.

We are more than what we are doing in life—we are also who we are being in life. In order for us to move from regret to renewal, we must be willing to forgive ourselves and consider our own self a "friend".

We sometimes forget that we are spiritual beings living in a physical body with a human soul. We forget to embrace our own lives—Whose we are, and how far we’ve already come by the Grace and Mercy of God. We forget that we are limited with time and space and that life is not certain past the moments we have right in the here and now.

I encourage you to treat your own self with the love and compassion you share with others. See yourself as your own “best friend.” Embrace your life and celebrate God’s gift of “you”. Above all else, remember often that you are always loved by our Creator.

Blessings to you,

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