How is your heart?

On Tuesdays I encourage my loved ones and those I am connected with on social media to participate in my #TakeCareOfYourSELFTuesday movement, which was inspired by the post Take Care of Your Star Player. 

In 2018, I want to take this movement to the next level and really encourage others to start doing the work when it comes to their mental/emotional health. So I have decided to start creating journal questions to share each Tuesday. 

Today’s question is a simple one, but it can reveal a lot to you. We ask people “how are you?” quite frequently as a conversation starter. Often times, we do not even truly listen to the answer. Today I challenge you to ask yourself how you are doing and then take the time to actually listen to the answer. Use this Tuesday to take care of your heart. 

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In the spirit of transparency and to hopefully make others feel comfortable sharing their answers with me, here is my response:

Today, my heart is full. She is happy. It is warm outside, the sun is shining, and I am having a great day. I have been working really hard to maintain my happiness despite being in a phase where a lot of things are uncertain. I feel as if I am transitioning into a new chapter of life and shedding some layers from my past. I slept pretty well last night, but had some interesting dreams. It always amazes me how my desires seem to manifest themselves in my dreams. Even though I try to refrain from spending time thinking about certain people or things, they still find me while I am sleeping. I’m really proud of my heart today. There are times when I want to be closed off, and I am fearful of taking new chances…but my heart remains open. She is not bitter, despite all that she’s been through. Today, I am extremely proud of that, because I could be in really bad shape emotionally. Sometimes I have to pinch myself during my moments of happiness, because I am not used to this. I find myself waiting for something bad to happen…and bad things have happened lately. But now that I allow myself to feel whatever emotions come my way, I am able to deal with them in a way that serves me. I am able to return to being happy. There are many things I am procrastinating on though, so I really need to sit down and focus on these tasks. I can already tell that the uncertainty in a few areas is the root reason of why I am procrastinating, so I know I have to work on this. 

“I’m proud of my heart, it’s never been a quitter, it hasn’t become bitter, it’s had the courage to stay open, and that has only made me better.” 

2 Comments

  1. I needed to read and listen to this. My heart has been heavy. I have been dealing with some adversities. This year has been a eye opener for me. I have learned to love myself better. It is ok to love my self. I am a selfless person who always put others first. However, it has taken most of my energy. One of my mistakes in life was expectations. Once I learned that people don’t think the way I do. Dealing with things that I found somewhat challenging doesn’t pre occupy my feelings, and sense of purpose. I can only control things that affect me.

    Respectfully,
    Marcia Haskins

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    • Marcia,

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me, & I am so glad that this post was able to help you.
      I hope that it has inspired you to take care of yourself first, so that you can continue to take care of others.
      I, too, have been learning to change my expectations of people & accept that we all think differently. It’s an every day journey.

      Sending you love & light,
      Anaston

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