Last week I told Maggi Scharf that I haven’t been taking the time to do the simple things I know make me feel better, such as stretching or even eating lunch, because I feel like I don’t have enough time.
“What would a good mother say to that?” Maggi asked.
I was stumped– it’s not easy to consider oneself as both the child who needs tending and the caretaker who can heal.
She said. And she was right. (That is exactly what my Mom kept saying when she visited earlier this month!)
With that, Maggi led me through a 20-second exercise that left me feeling completely calm and centered, reminding that even though sometimes it feels impossible to take an entire 15 or 20 minutes to myself, it’s not.
I’ve been keeping “You Have Time” in my mind all week, especially when I start to rush, tense up, or generally forget that I am a person and not a machine…do you sometimes forget that you are not a machine? We’re so programmed to multitask and be productive that our humanness can so quickly become secondary to our to-do list.
What advice did you hear growing up? Or what advice do you give yourself?
Below are two things I’ve heard my Mom say a zillion times. When I wish I had more, or worry I don’t/ won’t have enough, I hear her saying:
And if I am stressed, jealous, covety, or just plain bored, I refocus on what’s in front of me: my boyfriend, friends, pups, house, health–and put my energy there. It’s truly failproof… who doesn’t feel at least a little bit better with a clean kitchen, organized closet, groomed pet or sweaty body?
I hope these reminders help you to stay centered and focused on what’s important to you. Please share! xx