Self-Care — I’m Adding Self-Stretching

Hibiscus seen on a walk up the Hahaione Valley

Good Day, God!

Aaah! A Day of Self-Care! I started with the indulgence of heavy cream in my coffee and a little dark (72%) chocolate. Please, God, help me not make this a habit!

The afternoon and evening were more about the discipline of “keeping at it!” I am so thankful to our house guest, Ann, who is visiting from Dallas. She has been very patiently working as what Judith Kolberg calls a Body Double and what I call a Body Anchor. 

Being fairly ADD I NEED an anchor — gently tugging me back to task. Together we got two plastic bins more or less prepared for handing over for possible archival purposes. In my JOY at retiring I did toss a few things. But, now I will turn all the rest of my files over for someone else to toss.

Then this morning there was my jewelry class. Today I worked on having a Growth Mindset! That is also known as “appreciating failures” as absolutely necessary practicing. Once I let go of the Produce a Product mindset I actually had a very good time. And, I did finally succeed in getting a bezel setting ready for next week. 

Because of the jewelry class, I’m adding a new category — Self-Stretching to Self-Care. It joins self-indulgence and self-discipline. The jewelry class — metal fabricating — is definitely stretching. I’m repeating the course and now I am starting to actually learn. I think the first semester was just in getting familiar with the tools and procedures — like learning to light the blow torch without jumping!

Self-Stretching can be learning something challenging. Or it can be doing something hard or maybe even scary. Hmm. I just thought about how I need to stretch my body, too, God.

I like this category, God. I especially like having Self-Stretching be part of Self-Care! Hmm. Maybe tomorrow I’ll add Self-Respect to my Self-Care Cluster.

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