As the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup. This free verse poem on self-love will tell you why you should fill your cup with self-love, self-acceptance, and self-compassion before you give to others.
Let me share with you a secret, dear friend,
A truth that’s often overlooked, yet profound,
Of how to fill your cup with self-love,
Self-acceptance, and self-compassion, unbound.
You see, your cup is like a vessel, a container,
That holds your emotions, your thoughts, your soul,
And it must be filled with kindness, patience, and care,
Before you can share it, make it whole.
Begin with self-love, a gentle embrace,
For who you are, with all your flaws and grace,
Accept yourself, without judgment or blame,
With all your scars, your mistakes, and your name.
Be kind to yourself, in words and in deeds,
Nurture your body, your heart, and your needs,
Celebrate your uniqueness, your quirks, and your charms,
For you are a treasure, with open arms.
Then comes self-acceptance, a balm for the soul,
Let go of regrets, of ‘shoulds’ and of goals,
Embrace your journey, the highs and the lows,
For each experience, wisdom bestows.
Accept your past, your present, your truth,
Embrace your emotions, both old and new,
Be gentle with yourself, forgive and release,
And let self-acceptance bring you peace.
Self-compassion, the key to fill your cup to the brim,
Start with yourself and extend it to others,
With yourself, the source, the seed of it all,
For self-compassion, my friend is a gift to us all.
So let your cup overflow with self-love,
Self-acceptance, and self-compassion, absolute,
For only when your cup is full and complete,
Can you give to others, and spread love’s sweetest treat.
Remember, dear one, to fill your cup first,
With self-love, self-acceptance, and self-compassion,
For it is in the overflow, the abundance,
That you can share and spread love with passion.
So, cherish yourself, with tenderness and care,
And when your cup runneth over, a divine love affair,
With yourself, with others, with life’s grand tapestry,
For in the end, love is the key to set us free.