I heard the above Bible Verse the other day. While it’s intended to encourage us to love others and spur us to do good deeds for others, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on how we can apply “love and good deeds” to self care.
I believe holistic wellness is a balance between giving to others and tending to our own needs. To give to others without limits is dangerous and can even be self destructive. It took me a long time to learn this lesson and learn to set healthy boundaries. My self care message today is simple. While it’s important to love others and do good in the world, it’s equally important to take care of yourself and look after your own needs too.
I encourage you to take a moment and LOVE yourself today. Do something good for you today. Do something that makes you happy. Do something you enjoy. Take care of yourself today. What good deed can you do for yourself today? Perhaps it’s something as simple as resting today or going for a walk in nature. Maybe it’s as complicated as speaking your truth and finally facing the truth about a situation in your life. It’s healthy to live in truth and authenticity. How can you extend good deeds toward your self care during this hectic time of year to ensure you are well enough to give to others in the future?
As for myself, I came home from my Thanksgiving trip to Philly with a head cold🤒 I am tired and congested. I have a small fever and a headache🤧I need to rest, and stay warm today. Since I woke up and found no food in the house, I had groceries delivered by the local ACME. That was self care today. I placed my order near 9:00am and by 11:15am, I had three bean sweet potato chili made with grass fed beef in the crock pot 😀I added sweet potato and a tablespoon of organic Cacao Powder to bump up the vitamins and minerals in it. It’s weird I am craving chili instead of soup while sick. I will be staying in warm while under a blanket with slippers, a cup of tea and my remote in hand binge watching something on Netflix or Amazon until I feel better. Now, if I could just figure out how to get a large Dunkin Donuts Coffee with Gingerbread S’mores and cream delivered, I would be all set 🤣
Thankfully I am taking virtual classes for my Grant Management certificate from home Monday and Tuesday this coming week and again Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of next week too. I can’t stay warm and not worry about getting dressed for work for a couple of extra days each week while still “working”.
A brief update on work:
The truth is this job scares me a bit…🤣 It’s complicated. It’s high profile. It’s challenging. It’s demanding that I perform a different level than ever before. Honestly, I get overwhelmed when I think about it too much. I try to disconnect from it when I start to get overwhelmed. Seriously, I am starting two new grants program from zero…zero… I was told recently there may be a third program added later this year… I get a little freaked out about how big this job is sometimes… Folks say “take things one day at time”. While that is somewhat true, I need to look a year down the road so I can mitigate risks early. So it’s a balance between working on tactical tasks today while stepping back to strategize for the future.
Some of my stress in this job is that it is more responsibility and accountability than I’ve ever had in my entire career. It scares me a bit. Leadership offered me a professional executive coach. However, I declined for right now because the guys is on staff to my director. How do I know he won’t snitch? 🤣 I would not feel comfortable being completely honest with him so what’s the point of meeting with him??? I feel like I do need someone to coach me through this transition to this new level, I just haven’t found the right person to help me so I am working through this on my own. I am not sure Blue Love would have the time since he transitioned to a new job recently too. For now, I am “coaching” myself. I am grateful for the growth opportunity.
How are you loving yourself? What good deeds have you done for yourself recently? Can you use gratitude to attractive your deepest desire?
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Loving Kindness Prayer💙
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May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be loved
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