Self Care (Day 25: The July “I Believe…” Challenge)

by Dani Fake Webb on July 25, 2010

Today’s Category: Self Care

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Self care is not a luxury.

I believe many people consider self care a luxury. But I believe self care must be a priority.

I believe this discrepancy is caused by some societal myth that true self care is indulgent, lazy, selfish.

And we sure don’t want to be called selfish.

In actuality, self care is anything but selfish. The reason we think it is selfish is because self care (supposedly) takes us away from our job/friend/spouse/kids/parents/volunteering/shopping/laundry/painting the bathroom. And if we focus on self care, then our jobs/friends/spouses/kids/parents/organizations/kitchens/closets/toilets will suffer. And lord knows we can’t allow people/things around us to suffer. 😉

Here’s the truth. (Well, the truth according to Dani.)

We cannot effectively love those around us, care for our families, or support our communities if we do not first take care of ourselves.

Period.

If you want to best serve all the areas of your life that you love to serve, you must first care for your self. If you do not, you will either a) live into all areas of your life in a mediocre way or b) burn out and fall apart.

There is another option. Fill your tanks. Rest. Eat well. Get massages. Say no. Go for a walk. Hire a babysitter. Read a book, even on a Tuesday. Whatever self care is for you – do it. Build it into your day, your week, your life.

One of the best-known quotes from the Bible is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Much focus is given to the first part of this command. We hear a LOT about loving our neighbors, as well we should.

But the second part of that quote is often lost. And it is key to the command. Loving your neighbor is conditional on loving  yourself first.

If you want to love your neighbor well, you must first love yourself.

I mean, God said so. 😉

Until next time, may you love your life today.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Renae C. July 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Annie Wolfe September 14, 2010 at 1:38 am

Self care……..I believe it is important!

Annie Wolfe September 14, 2010 at 1:39 am

I believe it is very important!!

Annie Wolfe September 14, 2010 at 1:44 am

I believe it is VERY VERY important!!!

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