Have you ever written yourself a love letter? A letter in which you pour love into your authentic self – gracing yourself with compassion, love, encouragement, and support?
I have. And it’s glorious.
I’ve made a habit of keeping paper close by in order to feed myself a spoonful of love and nurturance, particularly when times are hard. Also, by habit, I’ve made a point to write to myself when times are wonderful. The reason being is that as humans, emotions often dictate how we answer that infamous question, “How was your day?”
We often react to the world around us instead of taking a step back, conveying gratitude for what is going well, and looking for growth opportunities within what is not going well. Challenging times are useful in helping us question our direction and commitments. They are a reminder for us to realign priorities, re-assess values, and generate gratitude.
The truth of the matter is that you can be the writer or artist or carpenter of your story. Unmet needs and stress interfere with remembering to take care of ourselves so that we can better face the world with an open mind and an open heart.
How do you love and nurture yourself? Have you found a particular practice to generate self-compassion? How about writing to the most wonderful person you will ever meet today. In time, you might even find a long-lost friend in yourself.
I hope you find a few moments to give yourself the gift of you.
Until next time,