Ten Important Quotes on Self Preservation
I'm the kind of person who sits around and thinks of what my token phrase will be as a mom or grandma. You know, that thing I'll always say...the kids will be so non-affectionately familiar with it that they'll eventually finish it for me sarcastically before it comes out my mouth directed at them.
I'm like 90% positive it'll be something in the family of "Mind your energy." When I say it, l'll mean "Be careful what you expend your energy on." or "Preserve yourself."
And, kind of like I suspect moms and grandmas do, I'll be saying it because it was a lesson I had to learn the real hard way in my own life, via missed opportunities, lots of stress and anxiety and time and energy gone mysteriously missing at every turn.
In an effort to level out that learning curve, I've taken to making a hobby out of becoming my own little self-preservation aficionado. Here are some key quotes I hope will help us all along on that journey.
Self-preservation is the first responsibility.
Self-preservation, nature's first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe.
It's so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health.
The people in my life are friends I have by choice. I've made a conscious effort to have them in life. I only have the time and energy for so many people, which has cut down my friend group to a handful, but I'm so much happier with fewer good people, who really do know me.
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Maybe if we love ourselves healthy we will all heal?
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
-Jean Shinoda Bolen
It is vain for you to rise up early
To retire late
To eat the bread of painful labors
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
-Holy Bible, Psalms Chapter 127, Verse 2