There is such a strong desire for us to fit in that we do almost anything to endear ourselves to others. Don't get me wrong; we should always look to create community, to enrich the lives of others.
But you know you have to look after you too, right? Don't think for a second that those concepts are mutually exclusive. In fact, if you don't take steps to take care of yourself then you won't have much, if anything, to give to others.
Getting back to my original point, whether the desire is to belong or to actually be kind to others, we give much more than we receive.
As with most things in this world, there exists duality, a need for balance.
The question stands then, what can you do for yourself today that will not only improve who you are, but also allow you the ability to give back to the world?
Do you want some ideas?
- Take a walk outside.
- Make yourself a nice healthy lunch and eat it somewhere other than at your desk, in front of your computer or in your car.
- Meditate, if you know how. (You knew I had to put that in there!)
- Spend any amount of time daydreaming.
If caring for yourself is something you find difficult, you are going to find excuses for why you can't do the things I suggest above.
Well, you can make excuses, or you can change your life from reactive to purposeful. The choice is always yours.
In the end, when you take care of yourself, you end up being able to give so much more to the world. And quite frankly, the world needs your best you!