Self love and acceptance are critical in the pursuit of “authentic” happiness. Not one single detail of who you are is a mistake-it’s just that your journey is one that only you have the power to endure.
The “devil” has an agenda and that is to prevent us from getting all of those things we so desperately need to “spiritually survive” in the world. “It” works diligently at deception-and if we’re not careful it can lead us to put all of our energy into the wrong things-things with no substance-material things. Don’t get me wrong-I love “stuff”-I’m a self professed “style head” but I am not defined by anything that I have-it’s doesn’t take precedence over my values-my character-my relationships. I’m conscious of the fact that my spirit won’t take any of it when it leaves this body.
I think the “devil” is made up of all of the things that keep us from fulfilling our purpose-from becoming the best version of ourselves-whether it be as an artist-a philanthropist-a good mother-a good wife-a good neighbor- the person who hugged that kid last week who’d unbeknownst to you just lost his father to gun violence-the person who dared to walk away from that circle of gossip at “the church” last Sunday. The “devil” is negativity and “it” finds its way onto our shoulders every now and then. The trick is if we are able to “check ourselves” before it jumps on our back and consumes us.