Life gets busy. Priorities change and focuses shift. Sometimes, it only takes a few minutes a day to take care.
We mow our lawn, but we have not taken time to do any more. This past Saturday, I got out the weed eater and trimmed around our fence and fire pit. I edged the lawn around the driveway. I sat on our walk way and pulled weeds from the pine straw beds and flower pots. I also took some time to plant some pretty flowers. Then, it was time to cut back the hedges and pull a few dead limbs from the tree. Of course, this took most of the day to complete.
Joe and I both have vehicles. We drive my Jeep anytime we go out. I am proud of it. Carl, I call him Carl. I bought it new and paid for it myself. We try to keep it serviced regularly. I have sweaters and shoes in it from changing from work clothes. There are papers from church business meetings and receipts from auctions or sales. There are snack wrappers and empty soda bottles. I can not remember the last time I washed Carl. The outside is dirty and the inside needs detailing. I am in and out of it several times a day. I make sure it has what it needs to go. Why am I not making time to keep it looking nice? It would take just minutes for me to grab my belongings or trash and take them in the house with me as I get out. I could go to the car wash right after I gas up. I need to step up my game and take care of Carl.
Lately, I have put myself last. This is the hardest one for me to admit. I had surgery last September and I haven’t been on my best game. I haven’t gotten a haircut. (I have trimmed it a little myself.) I haven’t been to the dentist for my yearly check up. I haven’t been to the track to exercise. I try to cook healthy meals, but sometimes it’s just easier to hit a drive thru. It is my fault. I make sure that I shower, shave, and take care of my nails. I make sure to attend the important doctor’s appointments. Some of these I makes excuses for because I feel like I shouldn’t use money on me. HOWEVER, I am putting me back on my to do list. I deserve to treat myself better. I have to take care of me to have a long happy future.
I have new personal goals that I have set for myself. I am putting it out there. I try to do “good things” and have skipped out on the simple things that mean a lot to me. My goal is to take care. I don’t know what is doing on in your life, but take care!