by Daymon Patterson
When was the last time you took a second to sit back and truly appreciate, YOU?
Our days are often filled with struggle, madness, rushing from here to there all so we can JUST MAKE IT to our desired locations. Once we finally arrive home (if at all) our long days find comfort in a glass of wine or can of beer. Perhaps the soft glow from our television and or the beckoning call from our children shortly follows but there is a routine to this day that if it were to change for a moment, would throw our schedule off completely. So we stick to what we know, the sure thing that brings us peace.
Many of us look forward to what Friday brings; maybe a paycheck or a night out with our friends. We look to our weekends, when we can simply get away from it all and just enjoy a few brief hours where we are not necessarily needed right away, no schedule to meet or errand to run.
Our weekends are ALIVE!
This is not the reality for those who work around the clock, 7 days a week without (weekends to play) and so our mental vacation is all we have when time away is needed. Does this mean that we are missing out? Not at all, our life structure is different and so our grind is different!
Your piece of mind belongs to YOU and in this day and age, that is all you truly own. Do not throw away what you have worked so hard to maintain by forgetting what is most important, loving yourself!
When you are blessed with another day, do not step foot outside of that door without taking time to enjoy who YOU are both inside and out. Be sure to remind yourself that YOU ARE deserving of everything positive and what negative that does exist is only temporary for nothing bad lasts forever. Many fail to start their day in this manner for they focus on things that without notice, weighs them down and holds them back from advancing.
I am not saying that this task will be an easy one. If you have grown accustomed to doing everything for everyone else, do not change who you are. Continue to give freely; our society reports enough of what is not being done over those DOING and so you are among the many who make a difference!
However, stop for a moment and breathe!
You may not be WHERE you want to be in life
You may not be with WHOM you want to be with for life
The best part about both of these things is, you control your tomorrow; TODAY! The only guarantee we do not have is a tomorrow and so your action RIGHT NOW is everything. If your words are known to cut like a knife and run deep, avoid such a sharp tongue and BUILD!
Start with YOU……
End with YOU…….
By simply never forgetting to love yourself FIRST!