Stop,Look,and Listen (wk 16)

clothes

This is the four month mark of a Lifetime Makeover. One quarter of the way through,this is the point where we stop to acknowledge all the hard work that has come beforehand and regroup to look forward to the rest of the year.

Change is often feared but there comes a time when it should be embraced as well.

The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais Nin

So day by day, week by week, we chisel away at our lives, just as Michelangelo did with his sculpture of David, smoothing out the rough edges. There is a balance to life. An ebb and a flow. For most of us, that balance is unheard of and this quickly leads to burnout and depletion.
Not only is relaxation an important part of this balance, it is a necessity that should not be overlooked.

The author implemented a routine she calls Stop, Look and Listen.
It is an effective way to do a quick check on how you are doing.

Stop what you are doing.
Look at your priorities.
Listen to your body.

These simple steps are the best form of self-care you can give to yourself.
You deserve a break today, don’t deny yourself of it.
Martyrdom seldom works out well in the end.

Homework:

It’s all about self-care.
What would you do for yourself this week that would make you feel guilty?
Then Do that.

This week, my self-care gift to me will be:
I am going to buy myself some article of much needed clothing.
I buy myself books from the dollar stores, art supplies from where-ever I can, my shoes are either hand me downs or close to 10 years old, I get my haircut once a year, but I never-ever buy myself clothes. Especially new ones. Now would be a good time to move myself up on my own list.
Stop what I am doing, Look at my priorities and Listen to what my body says. It says I need some new clothes. This is where I will start.
Where do you fall on your own priority list?

Update:
I signed up for an online Buddhism/Psychology class. Starts in October.
Painting everyday.
Writing everyday.
Life is good.