Submitted by Arunima
I was always one of those people who would be kind and loving to others. But I had forgotten that I needed it too.
Universe gave me very clear signs through people and situations. Then slowly, I started working on myself.
I read this quote from Rumi - "Yesterday I was clever so I was changing the world; Today I am wise so I am changing myself." That hit me hard.
Because I was looking outside for almost everything. And it created a concoction in me that wasn't healthy.
That's when I started practicing self-love, in every way possible. And it has brought a paradigm shift in me. I am able to see myself and the world through a completely different set of eyes!
That's also when Gratitude became a major part of my life. Instead of focusing on things that I don't have or chasing after people, I realized slowly how blessed I am.
Just where I'm right now, right here. This is extremely powerful to remember every day. Earlier I felt incomplete when I was searching for a 'best friend' or whatever I wanted in other people who couldn't be that to me.
So I learned to be my own best friend. How to be someone that makes me happy. How to be alone but not lonely. And it's strange! How working on oneself affects every aspect of our life.
I'm still learning, growing, and trying my best because it's a life-long journey.
Through this self-journey, one of the most important lessons I have learned so far is to let go! I used to think I can't or I shouldn't. But practicing it has been life-changing.
And gratitude has taught me that there is an antidote to all kinds of negativity. Whether you want to keep your inner world sacred or give yourself an instant dose of happiness; all you have to do is be grateful!