I recently committed to 5 days of exercise per week. For now, I alternate between time on the treadmill or a stationary bike, either listening to music or a guided meditation. As soon as it warms up, I’ll return to running.
We fail at keeping commitments to ourselves.
Are we not as important as the people to whom we faithfully find ourselves accountable? I spent a good bit of time last year reminding myself to put my own oxygen mask on first., That needs to extend to commitment keeping.
If you let no one but yourself down, how are you modeling self-care for anyone watching??
Just over a month ago, a friend gave me my new mantra. Mired in frustration, exhaustion, unable to get out of my own way, she asked me “what do you want?”
Now, as I embrace each day, I recite my mantra. Once I’ve made my affirmation, I consider the actions necessary to be true to myself. I ask questions like,
“do you want to be as healthy as you can be?” “
“Are you making choices that reflect that you are a priority to yourself?”
“What are you doing today in pursuit of the things you want?”
Slowly, I see my world shifting on it’s axis.
Daily, I proclaim that I matter. I declare that the love I pour into the world is a love of which I am equally worthy. I am releasing my desperate grip on the toxic martyrdom that backs me into corners and is entirely of my making.
I’m better than that, and I deserve more
…as do the people I love. I have learned that it is often in the pushing back that everyone benefits. Demonstrate that you matter, and the people who love you will learn to treat you the way you treat yourself.