ISA 12: 7 Ways to Care For The Most Important Person in Your Life
Summary: In this episode of The I Simply Am Podcast I answer a couple of Listener questions. In addition, I share 7 ways to care for the most important person in your life. As with all of the shows there's another weekly challenge for you as well. Subscribe and listen to the podcast by Clicking Here! As with all the shows we start out with some Appreciations and Shout Outs! This week I give appreciation to Marika Rosenthal Delan and XayandPor Yang. In addition I mention a couple of new I Simply Am fans! They are Lela Texeira who is a Life Coach at Inspired Design Coaching and Gina Caruso Hussar also a Life Coach at 30 Seconds to Peace. If you'd like to get an appreciation and a shout out join us on Facebook and let me hear from you. I'll be happy to mention your business or site on the show. 7 Ways To Care For The Most Important Person In Your Life So who is the most important person in your life? Is it your partner? Your child? Your parent? Your friend? A grandparent? Granted, these can all be very important people in our lives. But the most important person in each of our lives is often the one that gets neglected the most. YOU! The reason you are the most important person in your life is because this is YOUR life. Without you in it, you have no life! Right? But what happens is that we wind up projecting all that love, care, attention, and appreciation on everyone else. This is a great thing but when we abandon ourselves to do this we’re neglecting the most important person. Have you ever heard of the story of the Goose that laid the Golden Egg? Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.) Fables. The Harvard Classics. 1909–14. ONE day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose found there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up it was as heavy as lead and he was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played upon him. But he took it home on second thoughts, and soon found to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling his eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find,—nothing. This story is told to emphasize the downfall of acting greedy. However, I’m looking at this a little differently. We are all the Countrymen and we are all the Goose. We’re always doing our best to produce those golden eggs; usually in the name of pleasing others. Yet, in order to lay those eggs we need to be healthy and cared for. If our focus is always external there will come a day when we are left with nothing because the creator of those eggs never received the nurturing it needed. Our capacity to love and care for others is directly related to the amount of love and care we have for ourselves. This isn’t being selfish or self-centered. This is being responsible. You can’t give what you don’t already have. If you don’t love yourself, if you don’t care for yourself, if you don’t give yourself the needed attention, acceptance, and appreciation then your ability to give that to others is severely limited. Here are 7 ways you can begin caring for the most important person in YOUR LIFE: 1. Meditation 2. Practice Gratitude 3. Incorporate a bed time ritual 4. Incorporate a morning ritual 5. Look in the mirror and say 5 things that are right about you 6. Forgive yourself FIRST for making a mistake 7. Go for a walk out in nature Listener Questions: Sarah writes in and asks, "Why are affirmations so hard". Listen to the podcast to find out how I answered! Cheyenne writes in and asks, "Why do you take breaks on the podcast when there are no commercials/ads? It's just a curiosity that's been tickling my brain." Listen to the podcast to find out how I answered! Weekly ISA Challenge: Self Care Pick any 3 from the list above and give yourself some loving self care this week!