There are no New Years' resolutions.
But there has been a promise that is late in being fulfilled, one which is being brought to fruition every day now, by me ~ bit by bit.
You know how people who care about you a little, or love you a lot, will smile when you say good-bye and they'll tell you:
We say it to others, too. What we mean is, take good care of yourself. Because we care. They care. We all want the best for each other. But when others say it to us, do we do it? When we say it to others, are we practicing what we preach?
How many times have I answered, "I will..."
But I do not. I work a lot. I study a lot. I don't quite eat what I should, but I do eat what I shouldn't, sometimes. I could exercise more. I could rest and relax more. I could pray more. I could be kinder to myself, as kind as my friends and family who love me... who have requested of me to take good care of myself, as they would care for me, were we not parted.
I could learn more. Share more. Laugh and love and risk more. Go beyond the fuzzy boundaries that are my comfort zone... if I was outside of myself, if I was someone else watching over me, would I take better care of myself then? Of course. I take good care of other people.
I think of those people who have requested of me that I take good care of myself. They've asked that because they care about me and want me around as long as possible, as healthy and happy as possible. There are people who depend on me. I depend on myself a great deal, totally... in fact.
But I do not afford myself the care and consideration that I so wholeheartedly give to those whom I love.
And why not?
I don't know, but that makes little sense.
How can I give my best, if I am not functioning at my best? Where is the balance in that?
And so that promise that I have made... to take care of myself, is being fulfilled - not as a resolution, but as a lifestyle. And not for a year... or a few months.... a handful of weeks. No.
For all of my days.
Time flies, and those 'some days' and 'one of these days' and 'tomorrows' never ever get here.
It's important to start now. Right now.
Take good care of yourself.