Can You Learn to Like Yourself?

If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away. ~ John Steinbeck
Who is the recipient (the subject)
of our cruelties and angers?
Would you not assume
the usual, more probable, answer
to be those other than yourself?
How  does liking ourselves change
how we treat others?
Jesus said to love others
as you love yourself.
So in everything, do to others
what you would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.*
If you respect yourself, admire your decisions,
like yourself, even a bit, as Jesus suggested.
is it not true, you act toward others
as Jesus said: like the Old Testament
directed, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness
forsake you; bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.**
*Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
**Proverbs 3:3