Years ago When I was working on the LA skidrow a friend said to me” George, You are way better at telling the skidrow people that God loves them than you are at telling yourself that God loves you.” What she said was an important insight for me
A few days ago at a meeting some of us were talking about ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” As we were talking I mentioned what had been said to me years before at the mission. Then I said “It be more to the point if I said ‘Love yourself as you love your neighbor.”
I would never, ever say to another person the mean and cruel that I said to myself before I had two decades in program. If you said those mean and cruel things to me I would never speak to you again.