Somewhere over the course of this week a song just popped in my head out of nowhere! I admit it was Janet Jackson’s 80’s hit, “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” (Bare with me! I know it sounds corny, but I do have a valid point with all this!)
With no radio, TV, or video near me, I could clearly visualize Janet dressed in black, earring in one ear only, rocking the stage! The question then soon came to me, “What have you done for you lately?” (Yes, you/me!)
So what have you done for YOU lately?
We spend the majority of our hours, our days, our lives working in some capacity or another for others. Many of us slave away at the job giving it much more time and energy than we had originally intended. Others get lost in the responsibility of family and our commitments to partners, children, parents, tradition, etc.
We even give a vast amount of our attention and energy to unwanted subliminals (TV, radio, internet, billboards, and pop-ups everywhere). All of this we do for another’s business, another’s market, another’s profit and gain, even simply another’s favor and desire.
But what have you done for YOU lately?
What do we do to enrich and bless ourselves?
Make no mistake! I believe in service to loved ones, community, love and life. But it is critical that our service and attention to others be balanced with our service to ourselves.
I’m not simply talking about that occasional walk in the park or candlelight bubble bath or ice cream treat! Sometimes we use these things as simple distractions from something else that desperately desires our attention.
What have you done for you in terms of your spiritual, mental, physical health lately? What have you done for the birth of your dreams and personal goals lately? What have you done to simply honor and cherish yourself?
Lovingly and healthily doing for ourselves gives us that “second wind” to continue to be joyfully and effectively of service to others as well as to ourselves. It helps us to show up to life with a buff and shine!
(Yes, I put that in there for those of you who feel guilty about doing things for yourselves!)
Besides all of that, how can we teach others what to do for us or even how to love us if we are not in the habit of doing it regularly for ourselves? Hmmmmm?
Don’t wait until next week or next month or until you have a block of hours or days!!! Do it now! Carve out at least 30 minutes to do something just for YOU today!
make your move! What healthy, loving, wholesome thing will you do for yourself TODAY!!! Share it on the below in the comments section!!! You may bless the rest of us with your ideas and inspiration!
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P.S.S. For the creative feature this week, peep an excerpt from a short story about a woman who literally loses parts of herself because she never does for herself? Do you see a bit of a pattern here? Check out the story excerpt here!