I have this image in my mind of a well that resides in the middle of our bodies. It is essential to us and to those we care about. And on a regular basis, it needs to be filled. And only we can fill our own well. And when it is empty, we cannot function effectively or happily in the world. We also have nothing to give to others.
Over the past few months, I have had the privlege of interviewing a number of wise women. These are individuals who I perceive as having a way of being in the world that is thoughtful and at ease. What I learned by speaking with them is that they all recognized, at specific points in their lives, that they needed to tend to their own ‘well being’. Regardless of the many commitments and responsibilities they had to others at that time, addressing their own emotional, social and physical needs was essential to them and to those they cared for and about.
This is a difficult thing to do and many of us neglect the warnings our body shares when it is dangerously low on that which fuels us. We find ourselves in the position of continuously ‘giving’ to others, especially members of our family, with little conscious awareness of how much this consumes us.
Check the water level in your well. If it’s low, ACT NOW! You, and the ones you love, will be glad you did.