Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 32 comments

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"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." ~ Buddha

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} November 28, 2010 at 1:46 am

Oh My sweet friend….this is such a divine quote! just full of simplistic divinity.
Indeed, it all starts withIN us…and the world is just a reflection of what we truly see ourselves as.
Just beautiful!
Lots of love to you and your beautiful family this amazing Sunday!
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Suzie Cheel November 28, 2010 at 2:17 am

Awesome Lance,
Such a wonderful quote and something that I know I need to keep working on:)
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Jay Schryer November 28, 2010 at 4:45 am

One of my all-time favorite quotes, and something I need to work on almost daily. I can be so forgiving and compassionate to others, but I struggle with beating myself up. I am my own worst enemy sometimes…but this quote helps me pull back and treat myself lovingly. Thank you for the reminder!
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Tom Volkar / Delightful Work November 28, 2010 at 5:53 am

Self-love and appreciation actually allows us more room to hold others in high regard. Love is a reflection of how we feel in the presence of others but first it’s a reflection of how we see ourselves.
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JoyChristin November 28, 2010 at 6:46 am

Thank you for sharing this! So very true..
I think often we can be so other focused we forget to include ourselves in our compassion and generosity. Because I want to share the absolute best, I need to be the absolute best..and I cannot give you what I do not have, so I make the time to care for and love on myself…then I have an abundant well of care and love to serve from..
Happy Sunday to you and your precious family!
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Stacey Shipman November 28, 2010 at 7:01 am

Self-love is not selfish it is a necessary first step to doing great things in the world. So so so important. Have a great Sunday!
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Keith November 28, 2010 at 7:58 am

My dear friend,

I am grateful that you’ve shared this truth today. Isn’t it so easy to forget this truth as we wish to give of ourselves to others? But as Joy said in her comment, we cannot give like that if we don’t give to ourselves. Thank you for reminding me.

Lance, I am so truly happy that you exist! I lean on you and the things you share here. Seriously, thank you.

Love & Peace


Jeanne November 28, 2010 at 8:22 am

Blessings and much love
I love all you share.
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Robin Easton November 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

Dear Lance, this is so gentle, soothing and healing. Thank you dear sweet friend for always encouraging us to love. Like Keith said, I too lean on you and absorb your deep abiding goodness. You are part of me, part of us all, Lance. For that I am grateful. Love always, Robin
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KatieWest November 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

Lance…thank you. You are a wise man. (and goofy too which I like as well)

May all attempts at world peace begin first with loving kindness towards ourselves.



Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord November 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

Lance, this reminds me of a quote by Jack Kornfield, “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” I’m not sure why, but the idea of loving myself seems daunting at times. Loving others – dear friends like you, or the man on the street – feels easier. I’ve been thinking about love so much these past few months. More than I ever have, and as a result, I’m learning more than I ever dreamed possible.
This quote feels so very good to me, and challenges me today to ask how I can love myself more pervasively.
Thank you, dear friend, and Happy Sunday to you!


Little Lessons Under the Big Sky November 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

One sentence, that holds so much importance and meaning!

One picture, that can be interpreted in so many ways. I love that the heart could be thought of as our shadow. A good shadow.

Thank you, Lance! So many of us struggle with us. Sometimes I need to ask that very important question to myself: “If you were talking to your BEST friend, how would you phrase it?”

Have a absolutely beautiful day:)
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Jules - Big Girl Bombshell November 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

The MOST important words for me today!
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Jody - Fit at 53 November 28, 2010 at 11:52 am

So true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This so fits with a post tomorrow sharing one of your posts again. I made a statement in my post separate from your great sharings & this goes right with it so I will add this on to the comment I made.

It sometimes is so much harder than this simple statement, isn’t it…. we are so hard on ourselves!
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Caroline November 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Oh how I need to remember this Lance. Been kinda dark and dreary in my universe. Perhaps I need to be a bit more gentle on myself…
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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker November 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Until I loved myself, I didn’t know how to love anyone else. Hope you had a glorious Thanksgiving.
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Davina Haisell November 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Lance, this sentiment is making its rounds today.

I just left a similar comment on a couple of blogs. Taking the time to give to ourselves what we imagine for others is so important. We’re so close to ourselves, it’s easy to forget that we need us as much as others do. I love Tom’s comment, too.
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emergefit November 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

And yet for some reason, I think that applies to everyone but me….. A work in progress laments 😉


Travis Webster-Booth November 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Love it. For some reason I will occasionally equate all eastern spirituality with a kind of give-only selflessness. This quote seems to flatly turn that on its head- BUT at the same time doesn’t do so in a way that “inferiorizes” others. Rather, it simply seems to ask that we be as loving to ourselves as to everyone else.

This quote makes me feel bubbly.


Karon November 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Thanks, Lance . . . really hard to do when you’re fighting so many battles because we {I} tend to put ourselves on the bottom of the list then. But only by loving ourselves can we become everything we want to be.
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Evelyn Lim November 29, 2010 at 2:40 am

Lovely reminder by an enlightened master. Thanks for sharing!!
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Hilda November 29, 2010 at 4:28 am

One of my very favourites, Lance, thanks! 🙂
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Lynn November 29, 2010 at 9:16 am

Ah – perfectly true. Thanks Lance.
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J.D. Meier November 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Buddha sure has a way with words, and I like his positive spin and perspective.
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Michelle @ Following Your Joy November 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Hello Lance,

Great to see you! I’ve been away from blogs for a few weeks (my own as well as all my favorites, such as yours!). But I decided I was ready today to slowly ease back in…and yours was the first one I visited. I thought to myself, “Come on, this will be good for you to get back into the swing of things,” and I knew I’d come across the messages that were meant for me. This quote here by Buddha was, well, exactly what I needed today. Thank you. And many blessings to you and your family during this special time of year.

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Tess The Bold Life November 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Hi Lance,
Love me, love you and love the quote. Isn’t life grand;)


Angelia Sims November 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm

That was the hardest life lesson for me. I’m glad I cared enough about myself to really let it sink in and learn it’s value.

Beautiful, as always, Lance!

Hope you and the fam had a great Thanksgiving! I may be visiting in February. Save me some snow. Haha.
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Jessica November 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Thank you. I forget this…probably all too often.


Lance November 29, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Thanks so much for your thoughts on this. Beauty. It’s within us…within each of us. And yet, do we sometimes not always see that? And when we don’t see our own inherent beauty, do we lose sight of love…of love for ourselves?

Each one of us are divinely created, an amazing human being here on this earth. And when we can stop, stop and fully look within at who we are…we can touch more fully upon that love.

May we all see this love, self-love, more deeply in our being.



Caity November 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Thank you for this. I definitely needed to hear it.
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Steven November 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm

One of the best. The quote is almost Randian in a way, very individualist oriented, but completely true!
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