Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Someone's Watching

Is it Selfish to Love Yourself? I know that’s what some of you think. We’ve been conditioned to think that we should take care of everyone else first, and if there’s any time or energy left, then we can take care of ourselves.

In truth, this is backwards thinking, because if we don’t take care of ourselves, we may become depleted and have nothing left to share. Remember how on airplanes they tell you to get your oxygen mask in place first? That’s because if you pass out from lack of oxygen you won’t be able to save your child. Makes sense doesn’t it.

I worry about the example we are setting when we run ourselves ragged and don’t take time for ourselves. Remember, if you have a daughter, a niece, a granddaughter…they are all watching. What are we modeling? Are we teaching them to care for themselves or are we teaching them that they do not matter?

If you are not motivated to take good care of yourself, think about the girls that are watching you. What kind of life do you want them to have? If you want those girls to grow up confident and serene, then model that behavior. If you want them to be strong and beautiful then model that. If you want them to feel awesome and think well of themselves then mind your own language and behavior.

Children have never been good at following directions, but they have never failed to follow our examples. What do you say when you talk to yourself? Be careful, because someone you love is watching.

Linda Garner

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