Do Things That are Good for YOU!
When I left the ministry and the church in 2010, I knew one of my biggest projects was going to be on learning how to take care of myself.
Christianity can make all kinds of demands on us: turn the other cheek; serve; sacrifice yourself for the sake of others; don’t be selfish; give until it hurts; etcetera.
I was really good at it. So much so that when I did leave the ministry I was literally bankrupt, poor, burnt out, empty, and lonely.
Now, eight years later, I can affirm that the more I take care of myself, the better a person I am and the better a contributing social being I am. Period!
I will give you an example of my self-care by sharing with you my morning routine:
First thing I do when I get up in the morning is to sit in my favorite place in our living room overlooking
the river. I read contemplative material. I read Rumi, or some other poetry, or Merton, or right now Parker Palmer’s new book, “On the Brink of Everything”. I meditate for a while on this. I write my emotional movements and thoughts in my Moleskin journal. Then, I turn on my music. Always Spotify. My favorite playlist right now is one I created, “Moodancholy”. Then I boil the kettle to make some premium coffee with my adored AeroPress coffee maker. The beans I’m using right now are from Tanzania. Mmmmmm. Then I let my Westie out to go to the bathroom. Once all this is done I check emails and all my social platforms, especially TLS FB. Then, I get to drawing my daily cartoon.
It’s a lovely way to start the day.
So good for me.
And as a result so good for you.