By Fitsum Getahun
Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body. (Golda Poretsky)
I always told myself that I must be a dedicated mother, wife, sister, co-worker and so on. Yes, I am and I have been. I have plenty of witnesses in my family and friends, at work and everywhere I have been. The person I forgot about is me. I come last, no time to look after me. Go home, cook, clean, nurse, bath, cuddle, hug, eat, drink, and pass out when it is midnight. The next day, the course of life runs in the same manner.
Today, for the first time in many years, I started the day by thinking about me first. At 6 a.m. I warmed up, exercised with yoga, calmed myself down, prayed, and thanked God for his indescribable gifts. Then I showered. Everybody got up to find me with a big smile on my face and full of energy for the day. What a beautiful Spring morning. What a start of a beautiful day!
Taking the moment to look into my inner self and thanking God for all the free gifts; the sun, the air, and the loved ones around me makes all the difference to the rest of the day.
I take care of myself first thing in the morning and give thanks for all the free gifts, the sun, the air, and the loved ones around me.
© Fitsum Getahun 2016
Care was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.
Biography – Fitsum Getahun
Fitsum Getahun immigrated to Canada from her country, Ethiopia, in 2009. Fitsum’s passion for reading and journalling began at a young age, when she was in elementary school. As someone who has studied language, she believes in the enormous power of words and thinks that she best expresses her life experiences in writing. As a mother of two young children and a recent immigrant to Canada, Fitsum’s journals are the closest friends she confides with.