The Worst (and the Best!) News You’ll Get Today


In 7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Through the Divorce Process , I shared one of the most painful truths about being an adult: if we don’t take good care of ourselves, then nobody will.

Isn’t that sad? If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?

And if not now…when?

she blossoms blog laurie pawlik kienlenBut wait a minute…what if this is GOOD news? What if this means you can figure out exactly what you need, and you can actually give it to yourself? Maybe this is….actually…awesome, Blossom!

For instance, I know I need to go on big and little trips out of town every couple of months or I go a little squirrely. If I was relying on you to take care of me, how would you know where I want to go, when, why, and what I want to do?

I know I need to eat a giant bowl of hot buttered popcorn for dinner at least once a week. If I was relying on my husband to feed me, he’d feed me steak and mashed potatoes! Yuck.

I know I need to get up at 4:15 am every morning because I LOVE being awake and writing to God while the world slumbers. If I was relying on my mom to tell me when to get up, she’d say don’t bother getting out of bed.

And I know I need Jesus for joy, love, peace, energy, strength, creativity, courage, and Holy inspiration. If I was relying on the crowd or Facebook or even my friends to tell me where to get those Blossomy qualities, I’d still be searching for the me God created me to be.

The power of caring for yourself

O, the power this gives you! If you are responsible for taking care of yourself, then you don’t have to rely on others to take care of you. And you’re not stuck with their feeble little well-meaning ways of taking care of you.

You get to take care of yourself the way you need to. This is good news. Even better — you can learn how to take care of yourself by experimenting with different, interesting, and fun things. You can try this, or that…and that again, or this in a different way…

If you are open to trying new tips and strategies for taking care of yourself, then you’ll find yourself soaring through life, like the girl on the flying trapeze. Scary! Exhilarating! Perfect.

So, how will you take care of yourself today?

Me…I’m packing for a 6:30 am flight to Chicago tomorrow morning (good thing I like to get up early, because I have to leave for the airport at 4 am). I’m going to a Christian Writer’s Conference for five nights. Woo hoo!

Tell me, what does your body, mind, soul, heart, and spirit need? And how will you take care of your own needs today?

xo
Laurie

 

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