In addition to being the perfect prescription for a good night's sleep, just imagine the peace and serenity you'd feel if you could say that to yourself every night -- and mean it.
I think I'll try it on for size. It seems to me it could provide a validation for living my life in an authentic way -- or give me an opportunity to make amends if there's something that doesn't feel quite right.
A friend of mine who is a real animal lover once told me we need to give ourselves "treats" just like we give our pets. I think this is such an interesting concept. My husband, John, and I think nothing of giving our dog, Chloe, multiple treats a day. The same goes for Ginger, Sammy, Obie and Polar Bear (the neighborhood menagerie that stops by occasionally for handouts -- more than occasionally for Ginger -- good girl!).
So, it crossed my mind that I needed to heed my friend's advice and give myself "treats" from time to time. I'm talking about small indulgences, nothing extravagant, and it's fun to think of the experience this way -- even saying the word "treat" internally in an enthusiastic tone like I use with the dogs. Have some fun with this if it strikes a chord with you. You may be amazed how your soul will respond when you treat it gently and playfully.
I was on the receiving end of some wonderful treats the other night when my writers group threw a cookout in my honor on Cindy's beautiful deck. They had each taken the time to compose a little ditty to share with me about my contributions to the group. And I treasure these just as much as the beautiful gifts that came later.
Color was out in force at the party since the writers know how much I love vibrant colors. I also found how much these resonate with Max, a pug who is absolutely thrilled by bright colors and proceeds to do his "happy dance" whenever they come his way. Who knew?
See, that's the thing. Treats -- whether we give them to others or to ourselves -- only take a small amount of time and effort. And talk about a return on investment! They pay huge dividends in terms of rejuvenation.
I used to think I needed to set aside big chunks of time to "restoreth my soul." Like taking a day off work. Or setting aside a weekend for a retreat or taking a vacation. I now find, though, that a few minutes of the right kind of "soul food" can do the trick.
If the spirit moves you, share some of your treats -- and soulful rejuvenation recipes -- with me. We all learn from each other -- and we may even find that PMS can occur more than once a month!
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, an advertising, public-relations and government-relations firm. Reader inquires may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or e-mailed to livinglifefu...@arnoldagency.com.