In my April newsletter and post I began to play with an idea, explore if you will, the idea of Sustainable Self-Care, introducing an idea to focus our thinking by using a triple bottom line of;
People = our desires and strategies for our Relationships and Social Connections.
Planet =our physical and emotional care, Health & Wellness strategies.
Profit = Spiritual; how we live a joyful life of purpose, abundance and shared reward.
Over the spring and summer the challenge is to; pose some questions, look for some answers, give space to define indicators that will strengthen and sustain a commitment to take care of ourselves.
It turns out I asked myself to consider self care during a time that my energy was intensely focused as a care giver. For the last eight weeks I have been with my sister, caring for her and her family at a time that turned out to be the last few weeks in her two year battle with cancer.
The many conversations I had with my sister, my husband, my family and my sister’s circle of girlfriends brought forward powerful questions and many discovered truths. I know in time I will have the courage to share with you some of the lessons I have learned. For now, I am going to honor my commitment to self-care by taking some time with my thoughts.
As I mourn the passing of my sister, as I mourn and move to redefining my relationship to her (as it will continue), I step back into the loving arms of my husband, I step back into the palliative comfort of the playful mountains of Vermont, I step back into my heart, to take care.
Next month I’ll share a few more thoughts on the circles of loving people that sustain me and give me courage in my commitment to self care. I hope you follow along on my “Ride the Glide” blog and take your own journey to find sustainable and authentic self care.
Let’s connect for Joyful Living through Playful Engagement and find our most authentic healthy selves.