The concept of self-care was introduced to me about a decade ago. It is not a self-indulgence. It is vital for physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health. The premise is quite uncomplicated. If you don’t look after yourself, you can’t look after others.
I sought to be nurtured in different places and by different people. The mix was never right and left me wanting to fill the void. My only regret in life is that it has taken me so long to discover, nature can be a powerful nurturing force in one’s life.
And so my journey began …
I sought the embrace of tall trees.
And in the outback where the wide open spaces and empty places are filled, within me.
Usually solitary, there are times I seek footprints left by others.
I neglected this boab bonsai at my peril. It did not survive. The warning signs I’ve since heeded, make time, those who nurture me, deserve my nurturing too.
Best of all … no matter where I am and what I’m doing, just a glimpse of my daughter’s dogs, makes me smile. Their loyalty and companionship is uncomplicated, with the only complication being in the gaze. My kind of relationship!
Winter has arrived in Perth with fury. I returned home last night in a storm. I’m exhausted from the stress of the flight. Today, I plan to have a hot stone massage, get a pedicure, do some cooking and then get back to ‘catch up’ work while watching the steady rain outdoors.
I’ve mapped my day and it looks perfect for me. Wherever you are, may your day be perfect too. Isolate some time for yourself. You deserve it.
Until next time
a dawn bird
In response to RDP – Thursday : Nurture
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