February/March #121 : Love Yourself - by Michael Smith

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A Positive Attraction

10 Black AIDS Warriors to Watch




Love Yourself

Why...-Feb/March 2006

Into The Genes

$ for Drugs

Breaking The Ice

Don't Let HIV Bug Your Bed

Inch By Inch

Trainer’s Bench - Feb/March 2006

Face Forward

Ask the Sexperts-Feb/March 2006

Food Play




Porn Again

The Final Score

Team HIV

Cruising

Buzz-Feb/March 2006

Our Man In Africa

Earthwatch-Feb/March 2006

Mentors-Feb/March 2006




Mailbox-Feb/March 2006

Founder's Letter-Feb/March 2006



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV



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February / March 2006


Love Yourself

by Michael Smith

Valentine’s Day sells us love as a thing outside ourselves, a commodity without which we are incomplete. Confused, we think of love as the whirlpool Romeo and Juliet fell into, conveniently forgetting that it killed them. I think love is what keeps us from jumping off the bridge when we feel fear or despair; and to be a lover is to tell a stranger on that bridge, “I have been there too, and I did not jump, so that I could save you.”

To be a lover we must be alive. To be alive we must love ourselves—commit heroic everyday acts, like taking our meds, demanding respect, quietly reflecting on life, getting enough sleep and giving, so that when we are most needed we are ready to be the lover. Because we’ve been on that bridge, and we know. 


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