Usually this day makes us think about how we can do more to care for the world by recycling and supporting organizations that promote environmental awareness. Of course, these activities are really important, but I began thinking about self-care, the importance of honoring our own needs and abilities and how these activities are good for the Earth too.
So why is taking care of ourselves good for the Earth? Because we are all socially interconnected, when we feel better, others around us feel better too. Like throwing a stone into a pond, good feeling ripples outward and impacts those around us–in our families, our workplaces and our communities.
Capitalizing on our own abilities by building on our strengths and being our best self , is a surefire way to start feeling good. One way to be our best self is by making sure we have “We Days.” “We Days” are dedicated times for doing things for ourselves–particularly skill building activities, such as coaching sessions, exercising and relaxation. Called “We Days” (instead of “Me Days!”) because they bring value not only to you, but the community and environment as well. When we take care of ourselves, we make the world a better place for everyone!
Lao Tzu states in this week’s quote that courage is a bi-product of caring. Anticipate that attending to what is important to you will take courage. Maybe it is being asked some hard questions by your coach or maybe it’s asking your employer for more paid training. Whatever it is, know that by taking the courage to be your best self always pays off.
p.s. I always am interested in what you think about these discussions. Please post your thoughts on the blog…your constructive criticism and support is appreciated!
Certified Personal and Executive Coach