Just to recap from Part 1, I was not practicing most of what was on my list of self- love actions. I did know in my gut when something was wrong and most of the time didn’t do it. I tried to trust my instincts or my gut when I was aware of them. I was not afraid to say “No” when it came to my family although I would feel guilt afterward. I frequently said “No” to myself. But I rarely said “No” to other adults. I often said “Yes” but for the wrong reasons.
I was not KIND to myself often putting myself down for what I did or said. I was not able to let go of what I couldn’t controI (other people, places or things) this was as a result of alcoholics in my life. I was definitely a people pleaser.
I had given up on my dreams so long ago that I couldn’t remember what they were.I was able to give love but not able to accept love. Then there was the drama and chaos… I was addicted to both…End Recap.
So I began daily to concentrate on my list and tried to practice being as kind to myself as I was to others. Slowly, I broke my addiction to drama and chaos in my life. I learned how to meditate and recentered myself to the present moment. I stayed “present” more often rather than escaping to the past or dreaming about the future.
I wasn’t perfect at this but with practice and the assistance of my counseling I began to care for myself. I learned how to love myself. I like being in the “now”. Life is simpler that way. My journey will continue until my life’s end. I’m in no rush.
As you look at your life today, how are you at self-care and knowing who you are? Are you able to stay “present” in your life and know what really matters? If not, know that with some knowledge, support and love for yourself that you can begin to practice living life the way it is meant to be lived.
In an article written in Tiny Buddha ,”Simple Reminders to Focus on What Matters in Life” by Shannon Kaiser , she reminds us to make time count by staying in the present; choosing to be happy now; loving more deeply and believing in miracles. You can be that “miracle”.
Have the courage to change what you can control (yourself) and practice letting go. Maya Angelo said…”If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” It is possible to change by paying attention to your inner soul. You can do it. I know you can because I’m doing it day by day.
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