What have you done for YOU lately?
It’s rough out there – I know it. We *all* know it. Between the pandemic, civil unrest, economic instability – jeesh, I could go on. But I won’t.
My question to you is (instead of the old saying ‘What have you done for me lately?’) is ‘What have you done for you lately? Because let’s just take a moment to face this – few of us, if any, have full time care-givers who are catering to our every need. Most of us have a LOT on our plates, and in addition to taking care of our families, our jobs, and our other responsibilities, there is nobody dedicated to ensuring that we are first and foremost taking care of ourselves!
I know you’ve heard this a thousand times, but here we go again. “If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else”… “Put your air mask on first and then help other passengers” and so on.
Recently, I was feeling pretty ‘meh’. In the grand scheme of things, I’m doing great. I have a home, a job, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. But there was nothing I was looking forward to. (Remember how it felt to look forward to something???). There was nothing – outside of what we are all dealing with – that was *wrong*, but nothing felt very good either.
I decided to shake things up. So for my birthday, I rented some goats. Yes, goats. Some of you who know me will not be surprised… AT ALL. But I’ve always been an animal lover, and even though I do have a wonderful dog, I wanted something else. I called a farm that actually does rent out goats (they are fantastic at eating poison ivy, for one thing). They offered to set up a petting zoo with rabbits and chickens and a pig and a goat, and I just said “I’ll just take the goats please”.
The day of, this trailer showed up with 9 goats. I was blown away! I expected 4 or 5 goats. They clattered into my backyard and set about the most important business, which was eating grass. I introduced my dog to them – she was really excited at first! The goats told her (gently) to back off. After that, my dog was content to just walk around the backyard with them.
Anyway, I’d like to hear from all of you – how are you taking care of yourself? Do you meditate? Do Yoga? Is a good morning run helpful, and if so, why? Also – has anyone shown you an act of kindness that has brightened your day?
Bonus (fake) points if pictures are included!
PS: If you don’t feel like commenting, please do one nice thing for yourself.