A few weeks ago, I came across an interesting article in a magazine. It was titled ‘Becoming your Own Mother’. At first, I thought why would anyone want to be their own mother? Then I figured that this must either be about how women turn out to be like their mothers, or an article about coping techniques for the ones who have lost their moms. I was wrong on both counts.
It was an article on self-nurturing. It spoke about doing the things for ourselves that is typically expected out of our mothers. It did not matter whether we had our mothers in our lives or not. This was applicable even to those who had the best moms in the world.
The thought intrigued me. On one hand, it would be wonderful- we could be our own cheerleaders for our joys and a resourceful presence for our sorrows. On the other hand, it could be perceived as being lonely. But after giving it some thought, I believe it is essentially an act of kindness to self.
Self-nurturing does not require us to cut our self from the outside world. If we are lucky enough to have the love and support of our family and friends, that is great. In that case, one more cheerleader will not hurt, and one more figurative shoulder to lean on will only help.
However, at the times when our support system cannot come to our rescue, we can be our own rock. Self nurturing does not isolate us. It simply enables us to find our happiness and peace within ourselves.
As they say – When you take care of yourself, you are one less broken soul, one more individual capable of being on the front lines ready to tend to the wounded.
What do you think? Do you agree that it is important to nurture ourselves? Do you think it helps us to nurture others?
*This post is written for the AtoZChallenge.
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