BEING THERE FOR YOURSELF
When working with clients and in my own life, I’m struck by how often we take ourselves for granted. We rush right by. We don’t listen. We don’t say thank you.
We expect so much of ourselves AND do so much. Yet, we don’t always treat ourselves with the respect and consideration we deserve. I’m not talking about ‘self care,’ like exercise, a massage, eating well, or a few hours with a good book. Although that’s all lovely, I’m talking basic fundamentals for a good relationship. Spending time with someone. Asking them what they want and need. Taking their wishes seriously. Standing up for them when it counts. Expressing appreciation and gratitude for who they are. Doing the fundamentals, FOR YOURSELF.
I witness the stress and unhappiness that comes from a sloppy/casual/surface relationship with yourself. You might think it’s just coming from the outside – it’s the crazy schedule, the troubled economy, or the people in your life who aren’t treating you right. I get it! But, what I know is this …. truly being there for yourself, makes EVERYTHING easier.
How is that relationship with yourself? Do you know what you really want and need? Are you standing up for yourself when it counts? Are you thanking yourself for all that you are and do?
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU
Stop right now. Put your hand on your heart and say, “I’m right here. I’m here for you. I’m listening to you.” Then ask, “So, how ARE you? What do YOU need?” And take yourself seriously.