Comically, the photo accompanying this quote is of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Wouldn't that significantly lighten our load in life if we adopt the sentiment of White's quote? We could simply say, "Well, that didn't work," and move on, rather than berating ourselves for the error? That is a much more self-loving approach to life.
On the topic of self-love, I offer these words by Civil Rights leader and activist Ruby Sales:
It’s hard to love yourself when you follow people who degrade your humanity and teach you to hate other people. It’s hard to love yourself when you’re being used by powerful people to carry out an agenda that buttresses their power but disempowers you. And so I think that the critical question that all of us must deal with in the 21st century, is how is it that we can love ourselves so that we might extend that love to others? Because I think that we have been taught to hate and despise ourselves...
Self-appreciation leads to other-appreciation. We could use lots more of that.
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