16 March 2010

"...understand that to nurture and love others with the grace you desire means taking care of yourself and cultivating your own inner harmony. Inner harmony grows not by finding ways to get away from your child, but by giving yourself the gift of a hot bath at the end of a long day, reading a book of poetry, talking to a friend on the phone, taking a nap, crying, getting a massage, having a day off from cleaning and cooking, staying in your pajamas all day, swimming, going out to eat, or attending a conference. Do something for yourself as you give. Learn to laugh at yourself and not take yourself so seriously."
Peggy O'Mara, The Way Back Home

I found this quote via Amanda Soule's blog, Soulemama, and it really struck a chord with me. I struggle so hard sometimes balancing life as a mom, wife, friend and human being that it's nice to be reminded that I not only need to take some time for myself, I deserve it as well. And so do you. Whether you're a mom, a wife, a husband, a dad, a son, a daughter, an employee, a boss or simply a human being. We all have responsibilities and sometimes they can bog us down, so take some time and do something meaningful for yourself. It's important! Not just for your own mental health, but also for your relationships. Aren't you the most happy after a good run, or a pedicure, after sleeping in, or an hour of peace and quiet? I'm going to make it a priority to do this for me. And for everyone else that surrounds me.

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