The line between self-care and self-centeredness is a thin line. We are part of the narrative. We are not the narrative.
I’ve got some heat lately folks for talking about “Me” in a way that excludes the import of “You.” How does anyone talk about the importance of the self without sounding seriously arrogant, disinterested in others, egocentric, ungrateful and rude? Clearly it’s a learning process. That’s something of what I’m hoping will evolve this year as we journey together. Please let me know what you think on this subject.
I was very excited about having a morning to myself today and had built up a storybook page turning space of time for me. However my night went bad, and like opening the oven door too soon with the bread still rising, I just didn’t get up well. Partly in denial that the day was already slipping away, I kept going towards my hopes. The clock sped up and I finally got out the door with the kids buckled to where they needed to go. And then I realized I forgot my computer and phone. Not so easy to work without those.
I live in the hills and although I’m not far from street lights and normal trafficked buildings, getting between me and them takes me through many blind 25 mph corners, steep hills over narrow roads. Today I felt like I got caught in those hills. My mom-van felt off-balance and the tight corners treated my tires cruelly. I went back home to get my computer and back down to town finally.
I had great intentions for today. However, I got stuck and stuck again. That is what it can be like when we try to treat ourselves well. It can feel like the roads swallow us up and we just can’t get there.
As my husband says, “That’s how it rolls!”
Question: How do you see self-care differently from self-centeredness? Please tell me your story of friendship.
Self-Care Tip #77 – Don’t get confused. Taking care of yourself is not selfish. Be a friend to yourself.