“Kat, what is your New Year’s Resolution?” a friend asks over lunch. “Mine is to give up cigarettes and sugar” she says, while shaking a packet of sweetener substitute into her coffee.
“Mine’s to not give up anything and to put myself first,” is my answer. “Then I’ll refocus on implementing the difference between wants and needs in life.”
My friend stops stirring her coffee, peers over her sunglasses, and asks, “What do you mean by that?”
The concept of “care-giver first” and the difference between want and need were clearly alien to her. For the longest time they were to me, too.
Crisis can re-prioritize your life.
These concepts introduced themselves during radiation therapy while battling breast cancer recurrence. The side effects of emotional emptiness were more severe than treatment burns in some women because they were unaware of the importance of soul self-care.
Unfortunately burn-out is an equal…
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