I’ve noticed something this year. Many women are simply not taking care of themselves, myself included. I see it in their eyes. I hear it in their voices. They call me with stories of exhaustion, worry and plain old frustration. I’m there for them. They are there for me. There is one thing missing from all of the support they and I give and that is a permanent solution. That solution is self-care and the inclusion of boundaries in their lives.
My friend Julie sent me this picture just one week ago. I was sick and instead of just saying “get better” she nailed the real issue right on the head. “Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.” This quote by Parker J. Palmer stunned me but didn’t really impact me until just today. Did I mention that Julie is also a healthcare provider? She has seen me for over twelve years dealing with sicknesses that were definitely brought on by lack of self-care. Diabetes, viruses that won’t go away and shingles. These are brought on by a lack of self-care, a lack of stress management and tendency to worry about things that are not even mine to worry about. OK Julie I think I have finally got the message! I’m going to print out my own blog post (this one) and put it on my refrigerator! Continue reading