THE MARTYR

This writing is one to reflect upon. See if you can relate.Taking care of self is the true act of selflessness in the long run!Say-No-To-Martyrdom … self-love is an unequivocal acceptance of the validity of getting what one wants–of respecting one’s needs. —Marion WeinsteinOnce there was a woman who loved her husband and children so much that she did everything for them and nothing for herself. She thought taking care of herself was selfish. She never considered taking a vacation when she needed it. She stayed to take care of her family no matter what it cost her personally. Then she realized how much she resented them because she wasn’t taking care of herself. So she began to ask for what she needed. At first, her family didn’t like it. Little by little they began to notice that when she was relaxed, their lives were more serene, too. It wasn’t always easy for her to love herself enough to ask for what she needed, but she learned that when she said no to demands she couldn’t meet, she felt calm and centered. Best of all, she no longer resented them for asking. When she said yes, she did what they asked with real pleasure.Do I sometimes resent doing things I could have chosen not to do?

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