Yeah, you! If you’re the one with the endless list of things to do. The one who always volunteers for that last minute job, chairs the committees, works the extra shifts, hauls the kids, hosts the socials, and generally goes the extra mile!
Yeah, you! If you’re the one who puts yourself at the bottom of those lists in invisible ink. The one who makes sure everybody else leaves on time, remembers their vitamins, books their vacations, and gets those pats on the back.
Might you be feeling just a tad overwhelmed by all you’ve undertaken or a tad under-valued from being taken for granted?
Well, stop right there! It’s time for a glance in the mirror and a heart to heart chat!
Whether you realize it or not, you matter! And not just because of all you do in support of those around you. You matter simply because you’re who you are and that you’re here. And, by the way – you are enough!
Whether you hear it from others or not – you do make a difference in the lives of those around you. Just don’t be making that contribution from a feeling of lack, an overactive sense of duty, nor at the expense of your own wellbeing! Take care of you, too!
Action: What to do with this? Well, you could just read it and slough it off.
Or, you could copy those last two paragraphs. Print them and tack them to your mirror. Turn them into a jpg and post it on your screen saver. Pass them on to a fellow over-extended, over-achiever who may be in need of a lift and a reminder.
Whatever you do, do NOT take yourself for granted, or keep putting yourself at the bottom of your list!
We need you well, and we need you happy! Well, we just plain need you!
PS – By the way, March 1 is National Compliment Day. What better day to extend a bit of appreciation your own way while you’re doing the same for others?
Quote Of The Week: “You alone are enough…you have nothing to prove to anybody.” – Maya Angelou
Resources Of The Week: You might enjoy the sentiments expressed in Anne Wanda Tessier’s Compliment Series of letterpress prints.
Here’s a link to a World Compliment Day Poster. Why not post one in your work place this week? In your choice of five languages, no less!
Readers Write: In response to last week’s message (What’s Your Story?) Pause reader PH writes: Lovely reflection in this edition. I couldn’t agree more. When we pause to notice, we find the richness and our life gets better. Thank you for spreading this beauty in the world. Have a wonderful day.”
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