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(Along with a few well know prayers I memorized as a child plus the "free style" prayers of the heart.)
Where we are in our personal development
8. I have slowly started to get back to reading. I used to devour books in no time. Since becoming a parent, my reading time has significantly gone down. I read to my children, but books of personal interest outside of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants genre became absent from my repertoire. I missed it, but I didn't. Seemed like I was so busy with the minutiae of parenting that I scarcely thought to sit my behind down for a second to even think about books. So I now keep a book for myself in the car and several for the kids in those pockets behind my seat. When I am waiting in the car rider line for kids to emerge, the book is right there for me to sneak in a few pages. I am happy to report that I have almost completed one book since school started. Sigh. I know, I know. Doesn't seem like much, but to me it's a success. Carving out time for myself is a process and one that helps push me toward positive outcomes.
9. I am making time to go to Physical Therapy sessions to alleviate the pain from a recent car accident. Even though it is hard to make myself get there, I am doing it in an effort to heal. Having a professional validate that my pain is not all in my head is a huge deal. I tend to have a high tolerance for pain (and BS...but that's another story.) So giving myself permission to take care of myself is huge! Validating someone's concerns, challenges, and experiences has an amazing affect. It provides pathways toward positive outcomes. I want to be that person for others who are also experiencing difficult life moments, because I understand what it has meant to me.
10. Finding, creating, and sharing resources leads to improved outcomes. Feeling like you have to manage everything by yourself is not only impractical, but one of the reasons we end up stressed and exhausted. Accepting the value of other resources and collaborations can release some of the burdens that weigh us down. Give yourself permission to ask for help. Keep telling yourself it is okay if something is not 100% perfect according to your idea of perfect. Perfect is not going to solve all your problems, relieve all your worries, or grant all your wishes like a genie in a bottle.
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