“Self-care is never a selfish act, it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have …”
—Parker Palmer

We live in an over-stimulated, somewhat selfish world; where it isn’t until the well runs dry that we take the time to appreciate the water. Our time is so valuable, yet ironically so invaluable at the same time.

Once these wise words kissed my soulful ears. “All that we have to decide is what to do with the time that has been given to us.” Simply stated, how we spend our time verifies what we value most. Many of us spend our time working stressful jobs, obsessing with the future, and or regretting the past. We forget to seek happiness, joy, and honor good stewardship to the true gift we have been given, the present. We forget to pause in the moment. We rush through our days and nights with little to no boundaries in protecting the vehicle we value most. We neglect to acknowledge that if we give to ourselves today, our future self will inevitably thank us. We perhaps feel drained with little energy and no time to nourish oneself. We perceive self-care as a distant unattainable act. And although we ponder the paradigm shift that self-care is no longer a privilege, or self-indulgent, yet a necessity – we don’t know where to begin.

Let’s begin by recognizing that self-care is more than vanity. It shows discipline, value, dignity, and dedication. It requires patience, practice, and self-respect. It is a commitment that takes constant work.

Just imagine, what if you were to rewire your ruthless cycle of stress/daily stressors with a ruthless and sustainable cycle of self-care/self-care practices. How might that look? How might that transform your overall health and well-being?

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