So, to be our own best friend we need to love ourselves unconditionally. We need to invest time in ourselves and know ourselves better.
This week's word prompt by Brenda Arledge
This week’s word prompt by Brenda is Friendship. It is a beautiful subject and much has been written about it. Our HubPages friends have already written so many beautiful poems on the subject. I enjoyed reading all of them. At the same time, I was racking my brain for a unique idea for my poem and so the delay. So eventually I decided to go ahead with this idea and wrote this poem.
Rarely do we find true friends who stay with us till the end. We do form friendships, but when they fail to live up to our expectations, the relationships end. When friendships break, it causes us so much heartache, sorrow, disappointment. So, it is better to become our own best friend and stay strong and independent.
How do we Develop Friendship with Ourselves
So how do we develop this friendship with ourselves? We need to be honest and work on ourselves everyday to improve and bring out our best qualities. We need to give time to ourselves to explore our dreams and passions and work towards achieving them. We need to indulge in activities that give us true happiness. As the saying goes, ‘Be your own biggest fan and then you will become your own best friend’.
What the Gita Says
The first step to develop friendship with oneself is to control one's thoughts, and harness the mind to be one's friend.
As Shri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita
“A man must elevate himself by his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well. (Chapter 6, verse 5)”
According to the Gita, our minds are very fickle by nature. Krishna says attaining self-realization can be attained only when the mind is stable. Stability is being calm and same in all circumstances. Too much attachment to material objects or sense objects lead to restlessness of the mind. The first step in a seeker’s journey to attain eternal bliss is control of the mind.
You are your own best friend
Believe in yourself
You can achieve anything
By being true to yourself.
Don’t care what others say
Keep playing the game
The game of life
With its highs and lows
is meant to take you
To greater heights.
Your mind is a powerful tool
Don’t let it run wild
Take control of your thoughts
Become the master of your mind.
There will be impediments
There will be obstacles
Challenge yourself to do your best
And persevere till you triumph.
No matter what life throws at you
Turn it into a wonderful opportunity.
You have got the power in you
To lead a happy complete life.
You may do what is needed
Or do what your love most
Everything is of value
Don’t judge yourself too harsh
Praise yourself, accept yourself,
Laugh at yourself as often as you can
Accept yourself the way you are
And be your own best friend.
Friends come and friends go
Don’t depend on any one
You are complete by yourself
And your own best friend.
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