Treasure: Noun: “
Cherish: Verb: “to hold or treat as dear; feel love for,
In this journey to take better care of ourselves, I wanted to start a series that would bring some inspiration and motivation. I have always liked stories or movies about finding hidden treasures, and I thought this was a nice idea to apply to taking care of ourselves. To treat taking care of ourselves as if one; we are a treasure and two; to see the journey in doing so as a quest to find a treasure.
If we take the verb approach to this word; then we should be treating ourselves as precious. We should act and behave as if we are highly valued and valuable. Do you struggle with this like I do? As a mother, I find this can be really easy to apply to my children. They are so very precious and important to me. I value and cherish the time I get to spend with them, especially as I share them with their Dad. We have a 50/50 split, so I do not see them every day. As they grow, I realize more and more how fast this time is going and I tend to be a bit stingy with my time with them. I am overjoyed when they want to spend their time with me; it can be hard during the teen years to get them to desire to hang out with the parents, so when they do, I hold onto it. My children are most definitely my most important and valuable treasure.
But I also realize that in order for me to be the best me I can be, it is important to value myself. To see that I too am valuable and learn to cherish myself. But how do we do that? In today’s world of caring for children, spouses, possibly parents (as we enter into our 40’s and 50’s this is often a reality for many), working and all the other things we do as adults; it can be very difficult to find time or have the energy to take care of ourselves.
Look at the simple banner picture above, do you see the treasures in there? Let’s take a look at this to get some ideas about finding treasure:
I see the shells. I see this as representing something beautiful. We were at the beach this past weekend and my niece found a tiny, perfect sand dollar. For her, this was precious! It was this tiny bit of beauty that she was extremely excited to have found, she showed us all with a huge smile on her face; she had found her treasure of the day. What items are beautiful to you? Do you keep pretty items in your home or at your workplace? Do you search for the beauty around you?
I see lounge chairs in the sand. To me, this is a symbol of relaxation. Sitting back, enjoying the sand and waves for some is a great way to spend the day. For many members of my family, this is their happy place. They love going to the beach and try to go as often as they can. Even if just for an afternoon. Personally, I am more of a swing, on a deck, by a lake, in the mountains kind of girl. Where is your favorite place to be? Can you go there often? Can you take a day or a weekend to visit this place once a month? Or once a quarter or year?
As I have mentioned, I love Montana. I can not go there as often as I would like yet, but I make it a point to go every year. Something about that state quiets my mind, relaxes me and I value the scenery and the time I get to spend there. Do you have a place that brings you relaxation? Can you find a way to relax at some point every day or every week at least?
I see a message in a bottle. This makes me think of the words we speak; to others and to ourselves. It seems easy to learn to speak in a way that shows how much we value those we love and care for, we desire to let our loved ones know that we care. We actively try to speak lovingly. But I think this is also is something we need to learn to apply to ourselves. Much of what we tell ourselves is negative. Many of us have a negative self-talk. What would our days and attitudes look like if we chose to have a positive self-talk? If we wrote out positive messages and stuck them on the fridge or mirror. I know many might mock at the idea of positive affirmations, but I have found they are invaluable when trying to change our focus, to care for ourselves and to make changes in our lives. Have you found a phrase or statements that help you create a more positive outlook? Do you post these so you see them often? Are you using words that build you up or tear you down?
I see coins in a treasure chest. This can be the representation of any items you find great value in. Items that you cherish or would save. Like my niece finding the shell. She valued that. It was a precious find. For her, it was a pretty thing. Not all of the things we treasure are about beauty. Maybe you really value money. For you finding a way to make more of it, to pay off a bill, to gift some to others, to save it, is of high value. Maybe it’s finding a dress you love at the store that you can not wait to wear. Or getting flowers from a lover or a friend. These coins can represent anything you want them to be! I find that the way I decide if something is of value to me, is to ask myself if I had a fire or flood or some disaster and could only take what I could carry, what would I take? I have found this works well for me to maintain perspective as to what possessions I truly value and need in my life. What do you own or desire that is of high value to you?
As we start this Tuesday Treasure journey, I will be searching to find things that can fit into this idea (treasure chest) of finding things of beauty, relaxation, words, and items or products that can help us to be our best selves.
As always, let me know if you have any ideas to add.
Happy Tuesday! Find your joy today!