“If you are waiting for someone else to reassure you of your worth, isn’t it because you feel as if you need confirmation? Confirmation that you really are good enough. That you really are worthy. That you really are loveable. You feel as if you can finally approve of yourself once they approve of you first. You are looking for an external source of approval. But, doesn’t it make sense to get the approval straight from the one source that matters? Yourself. Love yourself. Approve of yourself. What could be more gratifying then telling yourself you approve of yourself & that you love yourself unconditionally instead of waiting for someone else to approve of you?
If you wait for an external source of love & approval, you will endlessly be searching for it, but if you find your internal source of love, you will never have to search again & no one can ever take it away from you.”
“I became totally absorbed into this forest existence. It was an unparalleled period when aloneness was a way of life; a perfect opportunity, it might seem, for meditating on the meaning of existence and my role in it all. But I was far too busy learning about the chimpanzees’ lives to worry about the meaning of my own.”