We make promises to many people in our lives. But perhaps the most important ones we make are to ourselves, and they’re the ones we really ought to keep.
Be there for the people you love
Even if you can’t physically be there when someone close to you is suffering, you can do little things to show you care. Give that person a call, write a note, make yourself emotionally available. Reach out every now and then to remind them that you love them.
Give yourself some alone time
It’s healthy to have time to yourself without interruptions from work or home responsibilities. Be selfish and do what YOU want to do. Go to a museum, read a book, disconnect with your cell phone for a few hours. This sort of reflective time can help you clear your mind and recharge.
Stand up for yourself and what you believe in (even if people try to discourage you)
No matter what, don’t let anyone walk all over you. When you feel strongly about an issue, you have every right to fight for it. People may not take you seriously, but don’t let their words bring you down. Defend yourself just as you would defend someone you care about.
Learn something new
Maybe you’ve been dying to try yoga or learn how to speak Portuguese. Whatever it is you want to explore, go for it. When you take on a new challenge, you’re allowing yourself to grow your talents and experiences.
Keep going, especially if it matters to you
When you start a project that matters to you, finish it. Even if you’re criticized or discouraged, don’t give up. You gain strength through discipline and will learn more about yourself when you work through something difficult.
Don’t take anything for granted
Be thankful for what you have. You’ve worked hard and deserve to be happy, but keep in mind there is always room for improvement. Try to live in the present moment without dwelling too much on the past and the future.
– Barbara Bent