After some though...
Saturday, January 03, 2015
I have decided to change my power word.
My word for the year 2015 will be kindness.
I've always been thought of as a kind and compassionate person to others. Sadly for the most part of my life I have neglected myself. Since July, I have been extending kindness to myself and the outcomes are amazing!
I have been recognizing those moments of negative talk, and have immediately put a halt to them by reflecting on everything I have accomplished. I have treated myself over Christmas, and have been fully aware of my choices. I choose not to berate myself as this is the first Christmas our entire family has been together in three years, and yes, I enjoyed great food and excellent wine.
I have remained active and have taken the time to rest when I need to. Monday morning all of our lives return to "normal." Instead of sulking on the pound or two I have put on, I choose to be grateful for our time together and the fun we had over holiday feasts.
Our lives are short. I'm working at extending my life by living a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy dose of self-kindness.
Don't misunderstand me! Being kind to myself does not include skipping exercise and regressing with my eating habits! Kindness includes kicking myself in the butt and pushing myself a little harder everyday. It also includes listening to my body's signals when I need more rest and enjoying myself in moderation.
This is a huge mental shift for me, but I love it. I can log into SparkPeople daily, with joy and embrace what the day ahead brings for me.
Life is never perfect and it has many hardships. Being kind to myself will not change the fact that life challenges exist, but it makes them a whole lot easier to face.