The Call to Cape York 513Have you ever layed on the ground on a warm night and looked up at the countless stars in the heavens and wondered where you fit into the overall scheme of things?

Looking skywards, have you ever tried to fully understand just what ‘love’ is?

Someone once told me before I could really love somebody I firstly needed to love myself. As a kid I got a giggle out of that, and even today, I recall standing in front of the bathroom mirror with my arms around myself wondering what loving oneself was all about.

Perhaps the phrase, ‘loving oneself’ is confusing. Maybe the understanding and accepting who we are, might be a bit easier to comprehend.

To understand who we are, we first need to appreciate what we are good at doing and what we are not so good at doing. What we like and what we dislike and what gifts our maker has given us that makes us a truly unique person.

Coming to understand the answers to these questions is just the beginning. Trully accepting the strengths and weaknesses of who we are may well take us years.

We need to understand that no human being is perfect and while we might strive towards perfection, we still must expect to make mistakes.

Can we look at ourselves in the mirror and know that even with all our imperfections, our lack of ability in some areas and the mistakes in our past, we can still claim to be dinky-di triers?

While this definitely beats attempting to wrap your arms around yourself, it will help us learn to accept and love who we really are.

Peter Mack

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