I've heard people say that the command to 'love your neighbour as yourself' contains an implicit command to love yourself. I've always been uncomfortable with that: it's felt like an interpretation that takes the sting out of a really challenging call.* But, in the last few days, I've realised (again?) that, if I don't take at least basic care of myself, I'm less patient with people, less humble in my interactions, less generous etc.
* There's a wee video here of me reflecting on this call a few years ago.
So now I'm approaching my days with a renewed commitment to:
- my 5 daily 'special rests' (where I do absolutely nothing - not even staring out the window);
- avoiding playing Solitaire in my 'down times' (unless I need to to avoid doing more tiring things like surfing the internet);
- to listening to my body and slowing down or going back to bed earlier than scheduled if that's what it feels like I need.