I know that most of the posts recently have not been totally food related, so I promise to have a food focused post tomorrow! It’s about this seasoning that I’ve been obsessed with lately. Stay tuned!
I am someone who can get caught up in fulfilling other’s needs before mine. This is not altogether a totally bad or a totally good trait, as it allows me to be quite compassionate and sensitive. On the other hand, this attribute often finds me pushing away personal matters and not allowing me to be me. Not so great. It certainly goes to show that our strengths are also our weaknesses.
For a time I thought that I was being righteous by ignoring my needs, but in reality I was only losing myself and giving up my personal power. This led to self esteem issues, questions of in whom and what I found my worth, and how I viewed my place in this world.
I’ve read over Emerson’s “Self Reliance” in bits and pieces over the years, and this excerpt always stands out to me:
“The power which resides in her* is new in nature, and none but she knows what that is which she can do, nor does she know until she has tried.”
What we have to offer the world is unique. In order to know the power that we hold, to know who we are, we must take action. We’ve got to test our own strength, and do it for no one else but ourselves. In order to be fully alive, we must know what we can do. This makes us better friends, daughters, moms, wives, husbands, sons, fathers, co-workers, and the list goes on.
We must continue to learn, to go out into the world each day open to new things. To come home at night and reflect on what we’ve done. To take the time to see what we can do better (ain’t nobody perfect). To take the time to love ourselves when we fail, and know we can keep going.
We must take time to be selfish, in order to be more selfless.
*Gender changed to relate to moi