Hello out there, how are you today? I hope you are well and that we can have a moment to share a cup of coffee or tea and have a chat. I know its early in the day (at least in the UK) and not everybody is up for chatting. So feel free, to come along later…
Last week, I shared that I wish we would take ourselves, and what we think is an achievement, more seriously. But I wonder: “Is that just my problem?” Is it just me, who thinks that she “just does things” but doesn’t really achieve anything?
I was pondering this all week and started to feel rather silly. Maybe it is just me. When I have a look at all these young women who stand up for their beliefs, values and futures I am just in awe. Or maybe it just doesn’t matter. Do we need to achieve? Can’t we just be?
Mindfulness for a more compassionate self-awareness
Mindfulness would suggest exactly that. Goals, gains and achievements do not really matter. If we allow ourselves to sit, concentrate on our breath and let our busy mind rest, we will start to become aware that we are just here and now. Not in the future. Not in the past. Only in this moment can we take actions to change ourselves or our communities.
But most of all, concentrating on our breath and just being gives us more appreciation for ourselves and where we have been. We become more aware of ourselves and what it took to get to this point in time. It’s just so hard to “just” be in our busy times. Yes, even a lockdown can be busy. Busy with worrying, busy with family, busy with…
An Invitation to Just Being
So, this week I invite you to give yourself a couple of minutes to just be. Maybe with a cup of your favourite hot beverage or while looking out of the window. Do it just one time and observe what happens. Or do it a couple of minutes every day before getting up or going to bed. It’s up to you what you feel like. The important bit is to observe what happens. I suggest as “Achievement of the Week” to not achieve, just to be and to observe 😉
Hello out there all you lovely ladies, how are you today? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you always find a big pot of ice-cream or a large glass of wine 😉 (there are other comfort foods and drinks available 😉and, of course, friends to talk to too… 🙂 )
It’s astonishing how time flies: it’s already a week since my first Wordless Wednesday post. Thanks to all of you who have stopped by and took a look. Today I have another quote for you.
I love quotes. They have something poignant about them that motivate us to become more the person we want to be. And that is why I chose quotes as a topic for Wordless Wednesday.
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I hope you are well even though it might be different. If that is the case, I wish you all the support you need.
I wish we would take ourselves more seriously
Sometimes I wish the question “How are you?” would be taken more seriously. I wish we would take a moment every day and check in with ourselves to find out what’s going on in our emotions and thoughts. And I wish we would take a moment to define an achievement we have reached.
It does not need to be anything big. If you live with depression getting out of bed is an achievement. If you are an entrepreneur reaching new customers is an achievement. But do you celebrate your achievements or do you think its “just” something you do?
For a long time I wasn’t aware of my achievements
For a long time, I haven’t seen anything in my life as an achievement until a counsellor mentioned to me, that surviving a difficult childhood is a big achievement. That made me wonder: “What have I achieved?” Surely, not all in my life was “just something I did”.
So I developed a habit of patting myself on the back once a week for something I had achieved. Women do not do that a lot in our Western culture. We do not seem to give ourselves credit for what we do. Neither does society very often.
However, it is such a motivating thing to hear from someone or say to yourself: “Well done, lady!” It is also an inspiring thing to define your own achievements and not to worry about what others might consider one. Because that shifts constantly and it is often ambiguous. It is very freeing to develop your own definitions of achievement and then giving yourself credit for them.
I invite you to discover your achievements
So, I invite you today to think of one thing that you have achieved since last Thursday and feel free to share it in the comments. Because I would love to give you a pad on your back and say to you: “Well done, lady!”
That is something I would love to do every Thursday so we can develop a pool of achievements for empowering ourselves. What do you think?