“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” — Thomas Merton
This is precisely where it gets difficult — ‘down the road’…as familiarity and the potential for complacency waxes and the blush of newness and adventure wanes, as it naturally will. This is when cultivating the True Self is absolutely essential and the first order of business always.
In other words, we love because WE are endowed with the ability to do so, and therefore WE are worthy of bestowing love on others precisely because we have it to give. The love we send out, whether it is acknowledged or not, is a necessary aspect of loving ourselves. Remembering our worth is sometimes difficult, but we are, each of us, a divine gift, even if no one affirms this fact.
Be authentically You, in the face of whatever confronts or confounds you. You are born of the same stuff as the stars above. You are called to love yourself as passionately as any other.