Friday, December 10, 2010

Women Who Light up the World

'To keep a lamp burning, we must keep putting oil in it' ~ Mother Teresa

'Women Who Light up the World'

'We are women who light up the world - with our beauty, our creativity, our intelligence. Our eyes sparkle as we talk and laugh among ourselves. Our smiles radiate warmth and comfort to those who love us. Our faces beam happily when we're engaged in fulfilling work. We shine, we illuminate, we enlighten. We glow softly when contented - and burn brightly when passionate. But who's the keeper of the flame? Who will fill our lamps? We must do it for ourselves, dear sisters - we must fill our own lamps first, not last. We must commit to our own well-being and self-care, lest our flames flicker out. So take some time, sweet sisters, to rest, recoup, relax and regroup. Take time to fill your lamp. The world needs your flame - but first, YOU need your oil. The new 'Golden Rule' for women is... 'We must do unto OURSELVES as we do unto others.'

Excerpt from 'Oil for your Lamp' by Lisa Hammond and BJ Gallagher

Being conscious of my need for balance during this busy time of added pressure, adds pressure! I'm aware of my need to carve out space for myself, for my own well-being and self-nurturance. I am making sure I do this for myself but it comes at a price. My instinct is still to complete everything for everyone first, before I give myself even a breath, lest I disappoint anyone. I'm working on this every hour, every minute of every day. Let me learn to serve myself first, HEAL myself first, then, if energy permitting, I will lovingly serve others. I will shine brighter that way.

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