My dog does a great job at doing her own thing and doing what works for her. Sometimes, I wish I had her “go with the flow” attitude (alright, it’s more like most times). Chrissy goes to her sitter’s house at least once a week, and we often joke that she is a diva. In reality, she has some really good boundaries! Chrissy definitely does what works for her especially when it comes to playing with other dogs.
Chrissy likes to set her own rules (even at home) in terms of determining when she will play and what that play time will look like. For example, when she is at her sitter’s house, if other dogs approach her to play she would usually turn away as if she’s saying “yeah…that’s a no for me.” However, a few minutes after, she may join the other dogs to play. Sometimes when I am trying to figure out life plans and find myself comparing my situation to others I try to think about how Chrissy goes about her life and how I can focus on what is best for my needs.
Sometimes, it’s important to do what works for you because you know yourself best. One of the areas I have been paying closer attention to is the way I take care of myself. This is one area of my life where I have to do what works for me. Over time, my circumstances have changed (and I suspect will continue changing) and it makes sense that the ways I take care of myself will also change. When I do what works for me in terms of taking care of myself, I give myself permission to listen to my body and to trust that I know my needs. I also have to remind myself that it is okay for self-care practices to change over time and across various situations in life. If I adopt Chrissy’s “go with the flow” attitude, then I can go with the flow of life and do what works for me in that moment. How wonderful that will be!
How are you taking care of yourself? Do you know what works best for you?
“The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.” [Alexandra Elle]