Self Care — I’m Exploring it

The Snow Monkeys of Japan enjoying a natural hot tub

Good Day, God!

Self care was never something I thought much about. That is not to say that I have not been taken care of!

After our daughter Patty died many years ago, I got a lot of care. One friend started walking with me twice a week. Another friend got me to join her in starting a women’s Wednesday Morning Prayer Group. Still another friend and I started having breakfast once a week and then our husbands couldn’t resist joining us. Kit and I have both been blessed by that.

Gosh, God, all of these activities are still continuing — all these years later. And they are Major Supports in my life. Thank You, God. And also, many thanks to those dear friends!

Still, as I looked at these Japanese Snow Monkeys, God, I was envious. All day in a hot pool — chatting or zoning out — surrounded by good friends and beautiful snow. Aaah. A soak in an epsom salts bath isn’t quite the same. But, it is a step forward.

I just finished eating dinner, God, and as I was recounting to Kit that I was blogging on Self Care he replied, “Self-Indulgence?”

Well, YES! Self-Indulgence is part of it, God. But, oddly enough Self-Discipline is the other side of Self Care. I am learning that I need both self-indulgence AND self-discipline to take good care of my dear self.

When I haven’t gotten my paperwork and my finances under control, I am bothered. And time spent tidying and organizing my desk feels good. This IS self care. And so is time doing floor exercises and weights.

But I also need naps, tub soaks with pikaki flower bath salts, retreats, time reading, and the occasional massage. And, oh yes, a wee square of very dark chocolate every now and then.

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