"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere." ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Are you important to you?
What a loaded question, right?
Most of us have a hundred and one things on our agendas every single day. We're busy running here and there, keeping our lives in a constant state of BUSY.
We've got spouses, bosses, kids, aging parents, deadlines and not enough hours in the day to get it all done...and maybe we secretly yearn for a moment to ourselves...just to relax.
Go ahead and laugh...
Is taking a few minutes to clear your head first thing in the morning or before your head hits the pillow such a bad idea?
Giving yourself the green light to treat yourself and your well-being as IMPORTANT can ultimately make you more patient, more at-ease and yes, more productive! Bring joy to your day that warms your heart, do something for YOU.
Don't we all deserve that moment to indulge in stress-free silence to enjoy a cup of coffee or to just sit and enjoy a favorite song from the first note to the last? I know, sometimes it's damn hard to find a minute to ourselves. *Sigh*
The saying "pay yourself first" is supposed to be about finance - but for me it's about investing in my own well-being, giving myself those first few moments of the day to reflect on my own inner peace (because if I don't do it...who will?) Joy isn't just a moment of happiness, it's not just a smile on your face - real joy fills the heart with a sense of contentment that lasts and has the ability to zap a little bit of that stress from your soul - don't we all want that for ourselves and for our loved ones?
Over the last few months I've learned that taking a few minutes out of my 24 hour day, isn't being selfish and it isn't taking away from any of my other responsibilities - in fact, I choose to take my minutes when the rest of the house is sound asleep and no one even knows I've got my feet up on the couch while I take those first few sips of my coffee each day.
It might be a matter of changing your thinking, but for this week - take a few minutes for yourself. Find them anywhere you can...because you know what? You are worth it!
I wish you joy wherever your travels take you this week!
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