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 explore and share a few 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 toward finding sustainable and authentic self-care.
Let's connect for Joyful Living through Playful Engagement™ and find our most authentic healthy selves.
With the power of Play, I look to bring couragous, creative, carefree and caring energy to each opportunity for growth, an approach I call
Playful Engagement™ (click here to read more).