I love my work.

It’s fulfilling, on purpose and there is no greater reward than seeing a client have a breakthrough. Some days it’s such a great feeling that I want to pinch myself to see if this is real.

One of the hazards I find myself getting trapped with on occasion is the belief I cannot show my reality. In other words, I start to hide the fact I have my own worries and troubles in life. It’s as if I want people to think I have it all figured out and life is perfect.

There are, of course, days I find myself getting caught up in my own crap. When this happens, it can be difficult to remain focused on what my clients need from me. I drag myself through the day, and I get caught up in my head spending too much time questioning things.

When I find myself in this mode of expecting too much of myself, I know it means I am not looking after myself. In other words, I’ve likely slipped from doing the things which help me thrive.

It might be I’ve neglected one of my individual practices like meditation or exercise. It could also be I am just working too many hours and I need to go spend time being with Rosie. It can also be as simple as giving our dog Bree a little attention.

Whatever the cure I just know life is so much easier when I don’t forget to look after myself first.

Thought of the week

The extent to which you can help others is limited to how much you help yourself first.

For me, meditation, exercise and time with the people I love is how I help myself first. Doing these things keeps me grounded, balanced and aware of what I’m confronting myself. The other thing which helps me is time away from it all during the summer and enjoying this province I call home. 

You may find other ways to help yourself first, and whatever they are make them a regular part of your daily life. It’s too important for ensuring we can be there for each other.