Yesterday, I saw this image:
I posted it on my FB page and to my surprise a few people responded with reservation, or flat out 'No' to the question in the image. I'm unsure of what to make of that. If you follow my blog you will have seen that I struggle with depression and it's side kick low self-esteem. It's something that has plagued me for as long as I can remember. However, I can say with certainty that I think that I am a good person. A person that is worthy of friendship and love. I think of the qualities that I think make a good companion:
*Reserved (at least not overly loud and boisterous)
*Understanding of other's struggles-even if they are foreign to yourself
*Down to earth
*Strong work ethic
Just to name a few. I think that I embody those. I actually spend a lot of time thinking about how I come across to others and whether I am putting an image out there that I can be proud of. I try to be a person that if I met myself I would want to be friends with. This is the ultimate in self-acceptance. If you can't be friends with yourself, if you can't like yourself, or hold your actions in the light of esteem, than how can others? Why would you not want to be friends with yourself? If there are specific reasons, those can be changed once you identify them. If you just feel uncomfortable with the idea, then it's time for some deep soul searching. We have to be comfortable with who we are to be truly fulfilled. That is just a given. If we can't be comfortable with our inner self, we can never be fully grounded. We risk spending a life running away from our shadow, fearing alone time.
What qualities do you think makes a good companion? Do you feel that you posses them?