I can think of no better example of selflessness and self-sacrifice than Jesus Christ. He also was a master at self-care. Jesus often withdrew to remote locations to restore Himself. He napped in the midst of crisis. He practiced healthy boundaries by setting limits and saying no to other people’s agendas that were not in alignment with His purpose. And yet He was generous, compassionate and patient. Jesus always had more to give…because He regularly replenished Himself. His needs were met, so He could freely focus on others instead.
Practicing self-care allows you to be LESS focused on yourself and more generous with others. When your basic physical, emotional, spiritual and mental needs have been met, you can give freely without expecting it to be returned. You will be less consumed with thoughts of yourself and more present to the opportunities available to you moment by moment. Self-care, practiced on a consistent basis, creates the internal resources needed when love asks you to sacrifice for someone else.
There is a rhythm and flow between caring for your self and caring for others. And it will take practice to find your groove in it. But remember, when you are generous and patient with yourself, generosity and patience will more easily flow out to others. Jesus even stated in the second greatest commandment to love others as you love yourself. Self-care and self-sacrifice are two sides of the same coin.
Think about how you carry yourself at work, at home and in your community when you are tired, stressed and depleted. Now picture those same arenas of your life when you are operating on all cylinders, fully charged in your mind, heart, body and spirit. Practicing self-care is actually a generous act toward others, because it allows you to give them the very best of who you are.
To Your Great Life!