It’s ok to take time to show yourself some love – not in a narcissistic way, with a mirror in your hand at all times! Give yourself permission to do little things for yourself, once in a while. If you’re not healthy and happy, how can you give joy to others? So many times I would worry that if I didn’t put my family first, they would suffer, or think I didn’t love them, when in actuality, it was the opposite. We first need to take care of ourselves, so that we Are able to care for our family. You’ve seen the commercials – “Mom’s don’t get sick days”, well it’s true to an extent. When we keep pushing ourselves, until we can’t go any longer, we’re no good to anyone! Caregivers especially have to take this advice. The stress of caring for an elderly parent, or a terminally ill family member, will eventually take it’s toll, both physically and emotionally. There are resources out there to help eleviate the burden, and give you a chance to recharge your battery. Social services can give you a list of agencies that can help, or call on family and friends to come by to give you the time to take care of yourself, at least once a week. Never feel guilty for loving yourself. How else can you truly care for others, if you’re too exhausted, or stressed? We set the example for our children. It takes balance to raise a child that is caring and compassionate toward others, while self sufficient without being selfish. And it starts with you! Show your kids how to live a healthy lifestyle, while they are young, and it will stay with them all of their lives. Joining Scouts is a good way to do that. Live the Scout oath and Law, and you can’t go wrong! “On my honor, I will do my best. To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” Thank you for stopping by! Feel free to share, like, and follow!