Relationship is defined as the state of connection between people, especially when emotions are involved. But what about our connection to our inner selves? Isn’t that also some kind of a relationship?
Some people call it narcissism when one gives more importance and admiration to oneself. Others call it selfishness when one does not share one’s time and efforts towards others. Indifference and apathy complete the foursome when concern about others’ welfare becomes a non priority.
People point out the differences in degrees but all the same, they result to shutting out others from one self.
When we treat ourselves as the center of the universe, when all the rest take second fiddle to our starring role, when me, me, me but only me provide us with complete satisfaction, then excessive love of one self is definitely not the answer to making us complete human beings.
Most of you know the song that stated, “The greatest love of all is easy to achieve. Learning to love oneself is the greatest love of all.” This is not a validation to narcissism but rather a reminder that succeeding in accepting and loving ourselves equates to knowing how to love others. If we value our personal lives, then we could do to with other people.
Moderation in everything is a virtue. It does not lead us astray.