I have had a bit of a roller coaster week, well – to be honest, a tidal wave week, and yesterday – I was what I would have called “slammed” if I worked in a restaurant for most of the day.
I love being busy. I love the feeling I get from having a lot going on and enjoy metaphorical plate spinning more than slow and stead, tortoise like pace.
When I sat at my desk my intention was to do some of “my own work” yet as I settled in just to write for five minutes “for myself” I was immediately ready to sacrifice my measly five minutes to work on someone else’s urgent project. What is up with that?
I started typing these words:
I am important enough to come first. I am important enough to be the top priority. I am important. I have value.
I am more than slightly embarrassed that I still gain benefit from such affirmations. People give me plentiful praise and then my own version of Glinda the Good Witch whispers… “Yes, you get praise dear heart and do you fully receive it?”
I am important enough to come first. I am important enough to be the top priority. I am important. I have value. I am important enough to come first. I am important enough to be the top priority. I am important. I have value.
I am important enough to be praised. I deserve praise, I deserve to feel positive about the efforts I make because they are valuable.
I turn my favorite music on. Close my eyes. The words find me. My shoulders relax.
I take the five minutes for myself amidst the hours of all those other projects that aren’t going anywhere – they’re right here with me and will get their attention as soon as I am complete here.
May these words I write for myself be a mirror for you to look into as well. For you, like me, are important, valuable and deserving.
How do you relate to this story? What is your most effective self love and self care strategy?