The other day, Tim comes walking out of the kitchen holding the little yellow sponge that came with my flattop stove. He asked me if he could "use" this for something. Surprising myself, I knew exactly where he was going with this question...I guess it was the gleam in his eye as he spoke. Before answering him, I asked him a question. "By using, do you mean pretending it's SpongeBob?" He smiled and answered affirmatively. I told him to wait until we went to the store and I'd buy him a yellow sponge to make a SpongeBob out of it.
Well, yesterday was the day. I had to buy a package of six sponges to get one yellow one. Not even giving it a second thought, I gave Tim the package once we got home. His eyes immediately lit up and he was so excited that there was a pink sponge in the pack, too. The pink sponge was going to become Patrick...now, why didn't I think of that???
Last night, the sponges came to life. Tim proceeded to use all six sponges in the package...two became a road, on one he drew Patrick's rock, and the last one became SpongeBob's pineapple house. My little man does know how to use his "imaginaaaaaation". (That comes from what happens to be a very funny episode of SpongeBob...don't ask me how I know that). ☺
I reminded myself of this recently.
It's not about me at all, this wellness journey I am on to a healhier version of myself.
Not at all.
Never has been, really.
It is about the people who invest in me. My husband. My boys. My family. My friends.
They all share themselves with me. When I am not at my best, I'm not giving them a good return for their investment.
They get the tired looks, the lack of energy excuses, and the wimpy "maybe next time" cop outs. I have come to realize that those that take precious time to invest in me deserve better from me. I need to adhere to the direction given on any flight I've ever been on that goes something like this: make sure your own oxygen mask is properly secured before helping others. If I don't take care of myself first, my ability to care for others effectively diminishes quickly. My choosing clean eating, drinking enough water, and exercising on a daily basis is how I put on my mask first. Am I perfect at meeting the n…