This week we review a simple quotation book that manages a serious look at a very real problem for a number of people: low self esteem, and its corrosive affect on one's life. When I Loved Myself Enough, by Kim McMillen is a simple work that, in the tradition of books such as Richard Paul Evans' The Christmas Box, was written as a private offering, then passed from friend to friend until it found an audience, and eventually a publisher. Ms McMillen, using her down-to-earth philosophy, acts as her own therapist to elicit real change in her life, and to find the person she comes to 'love myself enough'. When I Loved Myself Enough contains timeless wisdom to heal, and to share her own journey with any who read it. My personal favorite is on page 14 "When I loved myself enough... I let the Tomboy in me swing off the rope in Jackass Canyon. Yes!
When you read Kim McMillen's When I loved Myself Enough you will share a secret that no psychological tome can transmit: Time is short--love yourself, or love of others is not possible. As if in foreshadowing, the book's message of life's brevity proved ominous; Kim McMillen died shortly before completing her book, passing its author-ity to her daughter Alison.
When I Loved Myself Enough© 1996 Kim McMillen St. Martin's Press 175 Fifth Ave. New York NY 10010 www.stmartins.com