Sometimes, we just have to listen. To pause. To take a moment out our hectic lives to just shut up (or at least the self-talk that is always happening in the background).
Well, earlier this week, I did. It was just one of those happy coincidences where everything worked out, which stands out from where I have been lately.
I had been looking into finding a therapeutic massage place (bonus points for the ability to get a 20 minute massage to really help and be affordable) for a week and happened to be in the area after doing some life things. On sort of a semi-planned whim, I went in. I wasn’t experiencing as much pain that day as I usually am but figured it would probably still be helpful. Dear (insert deity name here), did I find the right place to be.
Despite being very consciously aware of physical pain, I have not actually been paying as much of attention to myself, my body, and my needs as I thought I was. And there it was, all in the muscles, nerves, skin. My story found instantly by another’s fingers.
This was a gift. To receive help – particularly when you didn’t exactly realize you needed something but you wound up right where you needed to be.
This would have been good enough—great, really—but I got another reminder from the Universe. As I left the massage studio, church bells were tolling loudly as I continued to walk for a few minutes.
What a sign. It couldn’t have (literally) been any louder. The Universe couldn’t have made it any more obvious (unless, of course, there was a crowd of strangers clapping as I exited, but that probably would’ve just been weird) that I did something good for myself today – an intentional act of kindness for myself that was really missing from my life.
So, I decided to take the Universe’s sign and make the day of it. It was a beautiful sunny day and I walked home. Instead of working on my to-do list, I decided things could wait, and just took care of myself. I texted with a friend. I ate a nourishing lunch. I took a nap. I relaxed and watched tv (ok, there’s probably better things to do but sometimes, checking out and watching tv is the right thing to do at that moment). I even read a little later that day.
And so, what I gathered from that day was to be kinder to myself. And to go ahead and start this blog that I’ve been thinking about for a while as a way to ensure that I do. So I will put this question out there to you:
When was the last time that you did something intentionally kind for yourself?
Hopefully, you are just about to.