If You Like Yourself

    a.149w When you like yourselfIf you like yourself,
    then you have a best friend for life.

    If you have a best friend for life,
    then you’ll do things together.

    If you do things together,
    then you’ll have fun.

    If you’re having fun,
    then you’ll be in a good mood.

    If you’re in a good mood and someone is rude to you,
    then it won’t affect your good mood.

    a.148w rude personIf you stay in a good mood and smile,
    then the rude person may smile too.

    If the rude person smiles,
    then they may say, “I’m sorry, I’m having a really bad day.”

    If you say, “I understand, really bad days are no fun”
    then they may say, “I appreciate your understanding. Thank you.”

    If they say, “Thank you,”
    then you will say, “You’re welcome.”

    If you say, “You’re welcome.”
    Then that person will chat with you for a bit.

    If the person chats with you for a bit,
    then you’ll learn there’s an event happening nearby.

    If you learn of an event happening nearby,
    then you’ll decide to go check it out.

    If you decide to go check it out,
    you’ll wind up having fun.

    If you wind up having fun,
    then you’ll want to share it with your friends.

    a.152w fun with friendsIf you share it with your friends,
    then you’ll want to include your best friend.

    If you include your best friend,
    then you’ll like yourself.

    And…

    If you like yourself,
    then you’ll have a best friend for life.

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    Patti Hall - June 25, 2014 - 12:18 am

    So simple, yet so beautiful, Tana.
    Hugs, P

    kath unsworth - June 25, 2014 - 1:51 am

    Tana I love my own company a little too much and approaching fifty I would say I am a good friend to me if that makes any sense lol.

    Tana Bevan - June 25, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Thank you Patti. It was a lighthearted exercise of “if-then.” *smiles*

    Tana Bevan - June 25, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Kath~That you love your own company puts you way up on the evolutionary scale of contentment. Congrats! Revel in it. This is definitely a GOOD!

    IR - June 25, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    This has been a goal of mine for a long time. I’m still not where I want to be, but I recently accomplished something big (for me): feeling content being in a room by myself with nothing but my thoughts. Your post is beautifully light-hearted and yet so deep — thank you for sharing it.

    Tana Bevan - June 25, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    IR~That you are content being in a room by yourself, with nothing but your thoughts for company is a sure indication you are making friends with yourself. This is WONDERFUL!

    Sheila Bergquist - June 25, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Love this and love the doodles! It really is hard to like yourself sometimes, but it is definitely something to work on. I think it’s a weird concept for all of us to think of our own happiness and not feel selfish. Especially as women we are taught to take care of everyone else and we forget about ourselves.

    Tana Bevan - June 26, 2014 - 11:47 am

    Sheila~There is a fine line women seem to walk, as many have an innate desire to nurture and do for others, but it’s imperative you be good to yourself, particularly if you care for others. Many years ago a Wise Woman told me, “Tana, you can’t do anybody any good if you’re six feet under.” I tell you, Wise Women are … well, wise. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

    catherine gacad - July 2, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    i love it! i actually do like myself and can be totally happy all alone. i like solitude!

    Tana Bevan - July 2, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Catherine~That you already like yourself and are totally happy alone puts you WAY ahead of the curve. Woo-hoo! That you like solitude is great … though now with your darling munchkin (he’s GORGEOUS in the photos you posted), you may find solitude doesn’t come as easy. :-)