Where to start with this one! I am a self-proclaimed type A. In the past I have prided myself on how much I can take on. I was accountable to everyone but me and totally unaware of it. I thought because I did diets or exercised or went on organizing rants that I was accountable but that was just busy, thoughtless, habitual action. Unbeknownst to me I didn’t know this wasn’t going to make me into the person I wanted to be. I even had this quote by Marianne Williamson hanging over my kitchen sink, “Every circumstance is a chance for you to practice being the person you truly want to be.” I knew the concept but I was so caught up in being busy that I never had time to slow down to really look at myself and if the choices I was making were helping me become who I wanted to be.
So how does this have anything to do with being accountable? For me my body started the accountability process. I didn’t honor it so it told me that I wasn’t doing that anymore. Wouldn’t it be great though if we could be accountable to ourselves without crashing and burning and hitting walls? I had someone ask me when I got sick, “How would you treat a fine art masterpiece?” I answered that I would find a special place for it, I would dust it, and care for it like one of my prized possessions. I would love it and look at it and speak kindly of it because I knew it’s value. Now that’s a whole different topic, which I will address in another blog post. I believe we are all masterpieces of God’s creation. In my life I’ve looked to the Bible as a guide. There’s a quote that I love that says in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” If this is the case, then why are we often not treating ourselves as masterpieces? Is overworking, not caring for our basic needs, forgetting our vitamins or eating balanced, not getting exercise, outdoor time, proper rest, etc. (all topics we will address this year) treating ourselves like a masterpiece? No!!!
I am currently in the process of retraining myself to do this because obviously I am not good at it. My habits of perfectionism, working hard, self sacrifice, etc. were preventing me from being accountable to myself and living in a balanced way. As I’ve begun to look at these things I’ve discovered some good things that really help me stay on track.
I don’t want to overwhelm you with too many things because if you’re like me, you are already burnt out and having a time making space for yourself. You can do this! Most of it starts with a proper foundation of knowing our value and the rest can be built upon that. I will be updating you as to how I am working this through too. I’d love for you to write in the comments section on how you are going to hold yourself accountable to you. Not to the expectations of others, but to you!
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