HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- Oct. 27, 2016-I WAS SICK, AND YOU CARED FOR ME
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster
“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.
One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was, “Take care of yourself like you would a 4-year-old child.”
If a 4-year-old is cranky and grumbling because it’s 2 pm and she hasn’t yet had lunch, what would most reasonable adults do? Drop everything and get her something to eat. If she was up way too late last night and is irritable this afternoon, what would most reasonable adults do? Make sure she gets a nap. If she’s got a runny nose and low-grade fever, would most reasonable adults send her off to school, or make sure she got a day at home of rest and nourishing soups?
Why don’t we do the same for ourselves? Why do we expect ourselves to push through on too little sleep, lack of nutrition, and feeling poorly? Part of our responsibility to ourselves, to others and to the divine is to bring our best selves to life everyday and that means caring for ourselves the way we would care for anyone or anything we value.
Today’s Action: Tuck yourself in early tonight and make sure you get a full eight hours of rest.
Today’s Sharing: How would you care for yourself differently if you cared for yourself in the same way you would a child? Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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