Ever noticed the bathroom cleaners at the airport and thought, “Wow, I bet that job sucks”? Or as you’re walking to work, you saw a homeless person lying on a bench in a fetal position because it’s cold outside and didn’t think twice about it? Perhaps you’ve smiled at the sales person as she is handing you back the change as if to say “thank you” but the words never came out. I know…I’m guilty of it myself.
I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival ~ Audre Lorde
I often wondered why did it feel so natural to be sympathetic and kind to those we care about—yet so hard to treat ourselves in the same fashion? Why did it feel uneasy to say no to a family member or a colleague when I wasn’t up for the task? Perhaps I just didn’t feel like doing anything at that moment. Don’t I have that option?