Issue 2, Winter 2019

R.E.S.P.E.C.T…. Find out what it means to me

24 Aug 2019  | 

Have you ever dedicated time to think about what you really like to do? Not just with family, at work or with friends, but simply what you like to do for yourself. That hard to define ‘me time.’

Perhaps think about it for a while now. What everyday actions make your heart sing? Watching your children playing? Time involved in a hobby? Sitting quietly with a cup of tea, savouring the peace? A run or walk in nature? A peaceful soak in the bath? 

Or have you actually forgotten what you enjoy doing for yourself, because in between daily duties, your time is increasingly taken up with checking your phone, ‘just in case’ you might have missed some important message?

Do you actually make space in your day for yourself? People even call the times we do what we love moments of ‘indulgence’, continuing with the theme that it’s selfish, rather than self-enhancing.

It’s a matter of self-respect how we choose to invest our time.

Self-respect is an act of self-kindness and should be about nurturing yourself. Everyone is entitled to invest part of the day in activities that match inner values and correspond with heartfelt wishes.

If we all gave ourselves a little of the same attention we give to family, friends or our work, we might find that our day is more fulfilling and more satisfying. Choosing to be self-kind can benefit everyone with whom we come into contact.

See what happens when you do something you truly love. And if you’re not sure you deserve it, recall the words of the late, great soul singer Aretha Franklin: “All I’m asking... is for a little respect…just a little bit…” for me!