#673 of 1181 Paintings / Oil on Linen (15"x 13") Painted December 7, 2001
"This summer as I'm transferring painting photos from old CDs to an external hard drive, it is a wonderful trip down memory lane. I remember exactly how I felt, where I was and even the weather while I was painting. Of course, Karl was always with me during the painting years and the memories make me happy.
It's an eye-opener for me to realize that through the years my hair was often cut short. In my mind I always thought of myself with long hair but that wasn't true . . . . . maybe, I just wanted my hair to be long."
Quote from ADAM JAMES today / July 14, 2014
"The reason someone disapproves of you is because they disapprove of themselves. You cannot please someone who is not pleased with themselves.
No matter how great you are, they'll always find or create something wrong with you.
So why bother trying to please people?
All that matters is that you please yourself. All that matters is that you love yourself and create a life that you love.
As you do this, you'll draw more and more people who naturally love and appreciate you, and you'll quickly drop those who don't, simply because you love yourself too much to put up with people who don't value you. That, or the people who used to appreciate you less will appreciate you more, because you appreciate yourself more. Other people usually treat you the way you treat yourself.
It's a good idea to stop seeking love and approval. Love and approve of yourself, do things that are loving to yourself, and then you'll naturally draw people who love you rather than having to seek the love of others.
Not everyone will always love you, but it won't matter. When you fully love yourself, who cares if anyone else loves you? Loving yourself makes you magnetic to love, attention, friends, and the opposite sex, but you won't care. You'll love yourself so much that none of this will matter anymore.
If it doesn't matter already, congratulations, you're well on your way to full self-love. Wonderful things will result from this self-love, in just a matter of time."