Eleanor Roosevelt on Friendship

This month on Thursdays we’re going to take a look at some fabulous women in honor of Women’s History Month.  We begin our journey with wisdom from Eleanor Roosevelt:

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

It’s important to have friends in life, no one can go through life alone and experience the depth of life that is available when you have friends and associates in your life.  It’s also easier to have people in your life who can support you rather than trying to do it all alone.  But it’s not always easy to find people who you like and can related with more than once every few months over a drink or brief dinner.

Eleanor Roosevelt is right that to have friends you really need to be friends with yourself, because if you’re constantly putting yourself down and saying how much you don’t like things about yourself, it’s very hard to want to be friends with you! But even more than just getting friends, if you don’t like yourself you won’t do as well at work, in career advancement, or in your romantic relationships either.

This weekend I encourage you to sit down and make lists of the things you do like about yourself and the things you don’t like about yourself.  Then take the list with the don’t like’s and seriously consider if you can do or change anything on that list.  If you can, pick the one that you think will be either the easiest to work on or create the most dramatic difference in your life if you changed it, and get to work!

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