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 adults are as empowered as this 4-year old boy?” How many adults give themselves permission to put their needs and wants before the needs and wants of others?
Parents often have difficulty with this because we’re always doing for others! Many parents feel the need to put the wants and needs of their children before their own. This can cause a rift in the marriage if there is no time made for self-care; parents deserve to make sure individually and together their needs are being met. You can’t help another person if you can’t help yourself first. Let’s face it, if you fall apart, you will be of no use to your children!
Think about all the times when you put yourself last and rarely had time to meet your own needs. By the end of the day you’re 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 people who think Self-Love is selfish! When you are practicing Self-Love, you are leading an empowered life. 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! A four-year old knows this, why do adults forget this?
What can you do, daily, 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 person you are!
Nancy Mueller ~ Mastering Your Beliefs Sensei
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