Yesterday was my grandson’s 4th birthday so I sent a text to my daughter asking her if I could FaceTime with the birthday boy. My daughter texted back that his reply was, “I don’t want to FaceTime right now because I am playing with my presents!”
At that moment I wondered, “How many adult women are as empowered as this 4-year old boy?” How many women give themselves permission to put their needs and wants before the needs and wants of others?
Moms often have difficulty with this because as women, we’re natural born nurturers and we’re always doing for others! Many women feel the need to put the wants and needs of others before their own. Even women in the workplace will find excuses to put the needs of others before her own! There is a reason that the flight attendants always tells you to place your own oxygen mask on first and then put the mask on your children. Let’s face it, if you pass out, you will be of no use to your children!
Think about all of the times when you put yourself last and rarely have time to meet your own needs. By the end of the day you are exhausted and you’ve got nothing left to give! You’ve got nothing left to give to your family, your co-workers, your clients, to your business; you’ve got nothing left to give to anyone because your own cup is completely empty, so how can you possibly have anything left for yourself?
There are too many women who think Self-Love is a spa day! When you are practicing Self-Love, you are leading an empowered life. A spa day is great for rest and relaxation but what do you do on a daily basis to take time for your needs and wants? When you are practicing Self-Love, when you understand the importance of putting your needs and wants first, you are actually giving yourself the Inner Strength you need to be there for others!
What can you do, on a daily basis, to start practicing more Self-Love? How can you be there for yourself, to put your wants and needs first, and ensure that you have everything you need and want to be your most empowered self?
When you learn to “fill your own cup” every day, you will have plenty to give to the people who mean the most to you in your life. It is impossible to draw from an empty cup so by filling your own cup, you will then have plenty to share with others.
Sometimes it can be as simple as taking a 10-minute walk in nature, reading a book, listening to your favorite songs, dance like no one is watching, take a nap, or stretch. Whatever it takes for you to feel that you are receiving positive energy into your mind, body and soul, make a promise to do this for yourself every single day.
Fill your cup by prioritizing your wants and needs, practice Self-Love and you will show the world the empowered woman you are!
Nancy Mueller ~ Empowerment Sensei
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