February 14th Newsletter
Since today is Valentine’s Day, and love is definitely in the air – or NOT, depending on how you’re feeling – I wanted to stick on topic and talk about that much loved/hated 4-letter word: SELF.
Wait, not the 4-letter word you were thinking of?!
I know you’ve heard it 1,000 times, but the only way to truly love someone else is to love yourself first. Today, out of all days, I don’t want to talk about your relationship with others, I want to talk about your relationship with YOU!
When you truly break it down, everything that we do in our lives has to do with our love [or lack thereof] for ourselves. Whether that be our job, our relationships, our need for control, what and how we eat, if and when we exercise, if we view health as a priority, or if we constantly find the need to please others, it really comes back to our view of ourselves and if that is rooted in love, respect, care… or in self-deprecating angst, hate, disgust…
Our past is what shapes our future and while we are a product of how we were raised and the circumstances that we encounter, that doesn’t mean they have to make us into something we don’t want to me! On the contrary, life and all of its hardships are meant to teach us and enable us to grow. They are there to help us grow stronger, to appreciate the good relationships we do have and what we do/don’t want in a partner, a friend, a lover. They are there to help us discover our passions, our desires, the path we long to take.
No, these lessons aren’t always easy and in fact, can test our strength, our patience, and our soul on many different levels. However, once we get past them, once we can realize that these are not “negative” circumstances but rather a way to grow, we can become a better version of ourselves now and well into the future.
So today, of all days, take a moment to look at you and love yourself for who you are and how far you’ve come! No, life may not be perfect, and it never will be, but it is truly the path and the journey that is what makes life worth living, not the end result!
So appreciate the now, appreciate that warm cup of coffee, the bird singing outside your window, the glimpse of sun on an otherwise cloudy day, the smile from your neighbor, the wave from the postman, the door that was held open or the fact that you didn’t trip on the crack in the sidewalk! Hey, life is full of little gifts, but it’s up to you to open them!
And on that note, and in case you missed it a couple of months back, here is a short blog post I wrote about self-care and making YOU a priority – because our kids and families need us and we’re not going to be much help if we are run down! Improve Your Health by Making Small Changes to Your Life.
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