MIDWEEK MESSAGE – February 28, 2024

We read and hear a lot about self-care, but I must admit. However, I do things daily for self–care – meditate, exercise, eat well, and spend time in my spiritual program; yet when it comes to self-care, when I am not physically feeling well,  I would go about my usual business as if it was just a typical day.

However, I recently read something about the fact that self-care, especially when we are ill, is really about loving ourselves enough to give ourselves time to rest and recuperate. Maybe the times we are under the weather are opportunities God presents us to rest and relax.

Instead of ignoring that as I occasionally do, this time, when I found myself with a bad sore throat and cough, I decided to love myself enough to do just that – rest, eat well, and take some natural remedies to help me feel better by the next day.

I am also learning not to have unrealistic expectations of myself. I am not a machine; sometimes, I get sick or tired and need to look at things that will make me feel better and do them. One way to do that is to ask myself how I would care for anyone I cared about.

Jesus said to love our neighbors as ourselves, so it is time to ask ourselves, do we love ourselves enough to care about our well-being? I am improving, always remembering it is “progress, not perfection,” that matters in my spiritual growth.

Quote of the Week

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
Anne Lamott

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