In 1853 Henry David Thoreau said: "How prompt we are to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our bodies, how slow to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our souls."
How thoroughly we understand what's needed to become physically fit - the sacrifices, the hard work, the commitment and the time it takes.
How poorly we are at understanding our minds' need for the same kind of patience, care and commitment.
How quickly we are at reassuring a dear friend that they have nothing to be ashamed of, while we hide our own shame behind self-imposed stigma.
How generously we allow others to live by one set of rules guided by kindness, and how ruthlessly we judge ourselves, creating separate, harsher and unrealistic rules.
Whether 1853 or the 21st century – what’s changed?
What's the story you tell yourself, and is it helpful or hindering?
Remember though, with whatever I, or anyone else shares, take what you like and leave the rest because it's your life and, therefore, your choice of how to live it.
After all, this is the Manual of YOU!
Until next time, take care, stay safe - and sane - and make kind choices!
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