Care - (noun) the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone- from the English Oxford dictionary. It's also a verb, meaning essentially the same thing, it is what we do to ensure that we have good health, we care about what we eat, we care that we are not getting enough exercise, et cetera. It's what I have neglected these past couple of weeks, and because of that I have been fighting off some head cold/upper respiratory thing. Mind you, and not doing it well.
I look with reflection on what I have done differrently, because I have been pretty good about taking care of myself. In retrospect, I can see that I haven't been eating properly at all. Not necessarily junk food, but just not balanced meals. I am now fighting a cold sort of thing. It's not full blown, but it makes my life uncomfortable. I have been sending myself Reiki for healing, but even that takes time. Right now I am too preoccupied with getting ready for a trip which my mother is coming on. That also means that I need to pack for me AND for her. This requires my being gone from home much longer than usual for the last few days. Caring for an aging parent is not quite the same as caring for an infant, I can assure you. I'm glad that I can be there for her, but I also miss the freedom I had when it was just me. I know, I know, I shouldn't be selfish, and I don't think that I am, but if I'm going to be there for her and help her through times of stress and anxiety and confusion, I NEED to take care of me. I have not done that very well lately, plus there is this nasty bug going around and with my immune system compromised, I have fallen prey to it. UGH!!! I hate being sick.
So, what have I learned from this lesson? I have learned that I'm not superhuman, and I am susceptible to getting ill. I have learned that I must CARE for myself, if I want to be the best me I can be. I have realized (not learned) that I must say "no" every now and then, and that if I do say "no" the world won't fall apart. So, in closing my friends, take care of yourselves. Even when you THINK it may look selfish. It isn't. There is only one of each of us, there is not another like you. You are special and you deserve CARE. Love, Light, Peace, and Joy! Oh, yes and CARING!!
I'm just an ordinary person on my path to enlightenment. I enjoy learning, and lately I'm learning how to enjoy the challenges that present themselves as opportunities for me to grow. I hope that you find encouragement and inspiration through this blog.