You know you

There usually is no shortage of opinions about what we should and shouldn’t be doing. Folks around us may not be shy in expressing their ideas about our behaviors and responsibilities.

While we may want to listen to them with an open mind to make sure that what we’re doing doesn’t have consequences we didn’t understand or foresee, in the end we are the ones who have to live with the results of our choices 24/7. We are the ones most affected by our decisions.

We also are most likely to know ourselves, our needs, dreams and foibles included, most intimately. While others may be able to help us recognize our blind spots, they don’t know our internal workings the way we do.

Today’s message reminds me that while I need to be thoughtful and considerate of others, I need to extend the same mindfulness to myself. Only I understand in-depth what I need and want and what makes me feel joyful. It’s important for me to honor that self-knowledge and understanding.

Please reflect and share. Do you respect yourself first?