Good Day, God!
I’m still pondering Self-Care. And I’m thinking about how Self-Respect might enter into the mix. I do know that when my plants aren’t cared for, when I forget my vitamins, when my checkbook has fallen behind, when my office is a mess — I’m down on myself — and my sense of self-respect suffers.
So for me Self-Respect is a result of caring for myself — and taking care of the plants and the people that are “in my life.” Plants are fairly easy — they turn brown and droop to get your attention.
People are not so easy. I remember when it dawned on me, God, that my unconscious credo was: Needing Help is Failing. Asking for Help is Cheating. I know a lot of people like that. I guess, God, that I am still one of them. I love helping. But, it is hard for me to accept help — or accept that I really NEED to ask for help.
Self-sufficiency is important to me. But, I think, God, that we are designed to be part of an interdependent whole. Indeed, I feel we are “healthiest” when we are reaching out and helping others — helping them help themselves. I know that supporting Advocates for Africa’s Children an 501(3)c, working to help orphans and their caregivers in rural Swaziland, brings me deep satisfaction.
I guess, God, that it takes humility to ask for help — and it takes hope to give help. One person, helping one other person, is enough of a start! Hmm. A Humble Spirit and a Hopeful Heart. Sounds like two ingredients of Self-Care to me.