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 are who you are and you’re here. And, by the way, in case you missed the memo – 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! Take time to be with you, too.
What to do with this reminder? 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. Maybe you can support each other in changing your ways.
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!
Quote Of The Week: “You alone are enough…you have nothing to prove to anybody.” – Maya Angelou
Resource Of The Week: Here’s an interesting twist on the topic of ‘Mattering’ by Peter Bregman: Stop Worrying About How Much You Matter.
Readers Write: DK writes: Your pep-talk was just what I needed. I’m trying to do a better job of balancing my life and not taking on too many projects out of a sense of, “I have to since no one else will”. Your message really resonated with me. It’s not a complicated one to understand but all too often we need that reminder.
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