14 Oct More space, more time…
I’ve just finished recording the latest in my series of interviews ‘Real Life Change from Within’ and this time, for the first time, I’ve been interviewing one of my own clients, Sue Cass. Sue initially came to see me because she wanted to lose weight, but she’d already realised that there was much more to it than that – she’d seen that she needed, finally, to put the focus of her life back on herself, after many years of caring for others.
It’s something I hear so often – that people have felt, or still feel, that focusing on looking after themselves is selfish and uncaring of others. But this, I believe, is based on a simple mis-understanding. Just as the air-stewards will instruct you to put the oxygen mask on yourself, before helping others, we cannot continue to serve and support others if we’re struggling ourselves. We can make it work this way, often for years, but at great personal cost, and feelings of stress and strain and hardship. However, what Sue has seen, and expresses so beautifully here, is how getting back in touch with yourself and the wisdom and power within, allows others to do the same, and allows you to give more easily and without constantly running on empty.
If you hear something that rings true for you, I’d love to have a conversation with you about it – just an informal chat – so do get in touch.