Take Care

I am trying to do something nice for myself everyday.  The gesture could be small, like drinking 8 glasses of water or filling up up my humidifier with water.  I’ve been realizing these little things are things I can truly be grateful for and that these actions reflect valuing myself, which is a bigger thing I can be grateful for.   What have you done for yourself today?  Have you thought about how grateful you are for it?

Your Presence is Required

When my nieces were young, I used to make a game out of giving Christmas presents. I would wrap a box within a box within a box within a box to teach them a lesson in deferred gratification. Now, that they’re grown, my Christmas gift-giving focus is on giving myself presents. No surprises here.  I could always buy myself something big, but I love unwrapping small parcels that I place under my half-size tree. For weeks, I’ll think about what I can give myself.   I want wireless speakers this year (Maybe a splurge). I also appreciate having a stash of fine chocolates, or leggings. There are a couple books I’d actually like the luxury of owning. Maybe a pair of extra warm socks or a subscription to a magazine would be nice.   I feel a special sense of gratitude that I can buy myself most of the things I need (or want), and I like to remind myself that these gifts can be little gestures of love for myself. How about you?   What would you especially like to gift yourself this year?

Adapting

I’ve had to relearn how to write after my shoulder injury.  My fingers were very stiff and my grip was weak.  I’ve been able to make progress largely due to a foam ring which hugs my pen; an adaptive device.  I started to think about many devices that helped me adapt to physical limitations or environmental conditions.  I use a pillow to be comfortable for meditation.  I remember, as a seven year-old, having training wheels on my two-wheeler until I felt confident enough to ride without them.  What are some adaptive devices you’ve used in your life? How have they changed your experience for the better?

Raindrops on Roses

The most memorable song from the musical, The Sound of Music probably is Favorite Things. The lyrics begin “raindrops on roses…”   Make a list of why raindrops or roses might be special to you.