How does an 8 year old girl already, maybe instinctually, know about self-care when her 35 year old Mom tries desperately every day to put it into practice, succeeding only part of the time?
Could it be that we're all born knowing that we should take care of ourselves? Understanding how important it is? Then, as we grow up, we put other obligations, other things, ahead of our need for self-care?
Why? Is it because we think other things are more important than ourselves? Is it because we feel guilty when we take time for ourselves...guilty when we take the time to sit on the porch, enjoying the cool breeze, sunshine, and a good book? I hope that Abigail never forgets self-care...never forgets that she is as worthy of time and effort as any other person or thing.
My wish for you is that you always take time to take care of yourself with no feelings of guilt or selfishness. YOU are important. YOU are worth it.