Turn Your Advice Inward

All,

I am opting to use this edition of The Weekly Vibe to represent a teachable moment. To myself.

Why? Well, I was sidelined yesterday by some quick yet determined stomach bug that has left me feeling depleted and totally behind on work. As a result, I have no profound words of wisdom written, which only has me stressing about letting you all down.

Sounds crazy? I know it does. But I also know I’m not the only one who feels obligated to serve others when what my mind/body needs most is for me to take care of myself. 

So as I propped myself up on the couch last night determined to write at any cost, my other half, Carl, looked at me incredulously and said “what are you doing?” And as I attempted to explain the logic behind my need to push through he quickly interrupted me and hit me with this:

“What would you tell a client?”

And there it was. Faced with what my own advice would be — how I would care and tend to someone else — I no longer had an argument. And I also found myself face to face with a glaring hypocrisy about how I speak to others — versus how I speak to myself.

So, today, I encourage us all to impart the guidance we would share with a client/friend/child/spouse/student/staff member inward.

Doing so just may be the most poignant #notetoself.

With gratitude for your patience, always.
Suzanne