It’s a busy world we’re living in. Along with personal goals and concerns, the internet and all forms of media stay busy telling us what we’re doing wrong. Eat eggs. Don’t eat eggs. (Eat eggs.) Run. Don’t run. You’re not spending enough time with people; you’re life is under-“hacked.” There is always something we could do better – of course, that is true. But this article is not about that. This article is about what you’re doing right. Feel free to print this out and add your own self-encouragement to the list.
1. You’re breathing. In, out, down to your toes, abdomen rising and falling. You’re here, you’re breathing. Take your time. This is a crucial part.
2.You’re resting. Some of you sleep through the night; some of you nap during the day; some of you sit down and read a magazine; some of you close your eyes when you have a minute to let them recover from the computer screen at work. In some way, you are listening to your body and giving it time to rejuvenate.
3.You’re feeding yourself. Physically, emotionally, spiritually – you are nourishing yourself in ways that make sense to you, in ways that keep you going. It won’t look the same for everyone, but it is important.
Some years ago, I read a quote that made a significant impact on me. It was aimed for people experiencing regret. Paraphrased, it said, “You were doing the best you could to take care of yourself at that time. When you know better, you can do better. But know that *at that time* you were taking care of yourself the best way you knew how.”
It’s a busy world, full of stress and many opportunities to feel less than. Let me encourage you to keep on keeping on. Evaluate as you will, change what you wish, when you can, if you’d like. But in the meantime, I suggest you give yourself some grace.