Color Your World With Kindness



The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves

Sign Up for Our Living with Multiple Sclerosis Newsletter

Thanks for signing up!

the kindness we can do for ourselvesWe’ve just finished the "it’s better to give than receive" season. Many of us have made New Year’s resolutions that have us living some part of life with long teeth. And we’re only weeks away from the liturgical season -- Lent -- where many will give up something dear to them for six weeks of penance and self-denial.

So I’m going to turn the tables and talk about giving something to ourselves.

I’ve said before that MS is a thief.  It takes more from me than I am willing to give, but it usually doesn’t matter whether I’m willing or not.  For that reason, I’ve decided (well, Caryn and I have decided) that we need to be a little bit kinder to ourselves.

After three weeks of holidays and illnesses, our housekeeper is back and I am joyfully writing with the sound of the Hoover whirring and the dogs running from room to room to avoid the same.

It’s an expense we have budgeted and for which we have made sacrifices. We live a pretty frugal life here in Ireland.  I say we live simply here so that we can simply live here.  This little kindness to ourselves allows us to spend more quality time together.

The same goes for my love of gardening.  Hands in the soil is a wonderful way for me to spend several hours even if I’m not feeling all that well.  And – let’s face it – I haven’t as far to fall if I’m on my hands and knees.  All the pretty annuals can seem a waste of money as they are a one-and-done splash of color.

Rather, I spend money on inexpensive vegetable seeds and start them in old egg cartons in the spare room in March rather than small trays of plants.  Even now, in the midst of a January storm, I can look out on a forest of kales, Brussels sprouts, and parsley in our raisedfront beds.  That six Euros worth of seeds not only gave me hours of quiet joy in the garden and pounds of vegetables to eat, the shades of green on this dark gray day bring joy to my eyes and heart.

Pedicures for those with MS who find it difficult to attend to their feet can border on requirement, but they can also be of great joy and worth the expense as well.  A subscription to a video streaming or music service can afford hours of entertainment even if moving from one room to the next is a chore.

We spend one Euro per week on a bag of carrots so that I can feed the neighbor donkeys a little treat, and I share a bit of the oats I use for porridge with the heifers who are wintering in the field behind the house.  If you’ve never seen a donkey foal skipping across a field to collect her carrot or felt the strong, rough tongue of a Holstein Friesian licking your hand, you may not think of it as a kindness to yourself, but trust me, it is.

Sometimes MS and the "big" issues of life can make it seem like there is no way we can spend time, energy, or money on something for ourselves.  I say that it needn’t be a lot of money, it needn’t take much energy, and we all have the same 24 hours in a day.  How we choose to spend them is what makes all the difference.

I look at these little expenses as an investment in myself as they make me a better person to share with those around me as well.

I spend 10 or 12 hours a week, for example, working on this blog for our community.  I think of that as a kindness to myself as well.  And it doesn’t cost me a cent.

How about you?  What do you do for yourself that makes you a better person for others in your life?

Wishing you and your family the best of health.

Cheers

Trevis

Follow me on the Life With MS Facebook page and on Twitter, and subscribe to Life With Multiple Sclerosis.

Photo: iStock.com

Last Updated:1/14/2015
Important:The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not Everyday Health.
Any opinions, advice, statements, services, advertisements, offers or other information or content expressed or made available through the Sites by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors and not Everyday Health. Neither Everyday Health, its Licensors nor any third-party content providers guarantee the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any content. Furthermore, neither Everyday Health nor its Licensors endorse or are responsible for the accuracy and reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on any of the Sites or Services by anyone other than an authorized Everyday Health or Licensor representative while acting in his/her official capacity. You may be exposed through the Sites or Services to content that violates our policies, is sexually explicit or is otherwise offensive. You access the Sites and Services at your own risk. We take no responsibility for your exposure to third party content on the Sites or the Services. Everyday Health and its Licensors do not assume, and expressly disclaim, any obligation to obtain and include any information other than that provided to it by its third party sources. It should be understood that we do not advocate the use of any product or procedure described in the Sites or through the Services, nor are we responsible for misuse of a product or procedure due to typographical error.





Video: Be Yourself Affirmations | Today I Respect Myself | Self-Respect Positive Affirmations

The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves
The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves images

2019 year
2019 year - The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves pictures

The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves recommendations
The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves advise photo

The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves photo
The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves photo

The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves new images
The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves new picture

images The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves
images The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves

Watch The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves video
Watch The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves video

Communication on this topic: The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves, the-kindnesses-we-can-do-for-ourselves/
Communication on this topic: The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves, the-kindnesses-we-can-do-for-ourselves/ , the-kindnesses-we-can-do-for-ourselves/

Related News


Joni Mitchell’s Colourful, And Often Tragic, Life Story
It-Girl Approved Gifts For Your Bachelorette Party
10 Tips To Tame ThickHair
How to Bring Color Into Your Home
A Korean mother and son were reunited after six decades apart
Vevo is set to pull in nearly 200 million in upfront ad deals in 2019
How to Build Confidence to Ask That Special Someone Out
Sexy Supplements: What Really Works
On Location in Palm Springs
Learn the Body Jewelry Gauges and Measurements
The Best Fourthof July Sales to Shop This Weekend
Is Porn Addiction Really a Thing
Maaji Dreamsfield Lingerie 2014 Collection
How to Look Good
Sometimes optimism can make it difficult to pick up on subtle signs of rejection



Date: 29.11.2018, 12:03 / Views: 93443