I read somewhere recently that “the work you do on yourself is the work you do on the world.” I love this for so many reasons. It reminds me that the world needs me at my best. It reminds me that it’s not only ok to take time to do yoga, meditate or get a massage, it’s absolutely necessary. It reminds me that it’s good to spend an afternoon reading. It reminds me that not every moment should be filled with cooking, cleaning, nagging and pleading so that life stays “just so.” It reminds me that if I want to show up in a meaningful way for the people I love, I need to show up as my best self and being my best self takes some hard work.
We get so wrapped up in the minutia of all that we do…parenting, working, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring… that we forget the toll everyday life takes on our emotional selves. We find ourselves miles away from our best…sad, anxious, stressed, depressed, wondering sometimes if this is all there is to life. There is more, so much more. And the journey to more, begins within.
So I dare you, I double dog dare you to stop and do some work on yourself. Tune in, dive deep and listen to what you need for YOU. Grab your old camera and take beautiful pictures, pick up an old notebook and fill it with your important thoughts - then share them out loud! Take a class in hand lettering. Go dance in the sprinklers. Take a bath in the middle of the day. Whatever fills you up. Whatever feeds your soul. This is the important work. This is how you show up as your best self for your family, your friends, and the world. And we all need your best self.