During my retreat to Orlando this past weekend with some visionary and amazing ladies, I was asked to write a love note to myself. What felt right for me was a poem. Though I don’t normally write poetry, I’m quite infatuated with it and wanted to share, because when I was done it didn’t feel like it was just for me – but for anyone and everyone.
You have always been joyous and free
It is YOU, who were meant to be
Born a wild and wonderful child of the sea
Waves have rocked and shaped you
Stars have guided you
Winds have kept your navigation sure and true
Through mighty storms and disastrous droughts
You’ve always known what this world was about
Which is making sure your insides shine OUT
Giving to others the gifts that they need
To ensure, that though they might cut open and bleed
It was only the promise of hope, that was planted there as a seed
Love comes bursting from your heart
Your life is your art
Never doubt you were created perfect, right from the start
I was thinking today about how in order to “shine your light” onto the world, other people, etc. that you would need to actually have the light available within you to shine. Kind of like a flashlight needing batteries or a solar yard light needing the sun.
I love this thought because so many people think that taking time for themselves (personal development, self-care, time alone, massages, etc) is a selfish act. However, when you think of it as a necessary step in order to have the fuel/battery/power to give to others… it then becomes a necessary step in being a more altruistic person.
I personally love taking time for myself and strengthening my mental and emotional fortitude. I love growth, a good challenge, and helping others do those same things. If I don’t take time to grow personally, I don’t have the ammunition to help others do the same. One of the most rewarding moments I have is when a little tidbit of information or a certain meditation practice that touched my soul, helps someone else wade through their shit when I share it.
So just imagine that your soul needs refueling just like anything else in order to be the best version of yourself. Then sit down and think about what makes you feel like you are at your best… and do it. Do it often. Self-care is soul-charging.