Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Elements #4

Start making your own happiness a priority. Your needs matter. If you don't value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, you're sabotaging yourself. Remember, it IS possible to take care of your own needs while simultaneously caring for those around you. And once your needs are met, you will likely be far more capable of helping those who need you most.

I've been told something similar to this before and it's always gone against what I've been raised to do. Look out for the others, help everyone else, put your needs on the back burner (and keep doing so until they aren't even on the stove anymore). And, it's quite likely that we have all been told similar things throughout our lives.

But when we stop to see what damage we are causing ourselves and how little energy we have left at the end of the day, it's much easier to see that what we give to the rest of the world will continue to diminish until we have nothing left to give. And so, I think it would be a good idea to start small. Get yourself a bunch of flowers from your garden (or the store) and put them where you can see them most of the day. Take five minutes to just sit and be still. If you like perfume, dab a little on, even if you're only going to the grocery store. If you like listening to music, turn it on. Whatever it is that brings a smile and a bit of joy to your life, do it.

Me? I've been taking fifteen minutes each morning to spin yarn, knit, write in my journal, or just listen to some music. It's a good way to start the morning and reminds me that I am important, too.

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