Protect Your Peace
As the New Year approaches, many of us (myself included) are making resolutions. I’m also using this time reflect on the year that’s coming to an end. What did I accomplish and what areas do I need to improve upon? I try not to be too critical because there are times I feel that I didn’t do my best, but I tried my best, so it was the best I could do at that time. At the same time, I feel it’s important to be accountable for those instances where I could have done better because that’s how we grow. An area that falls into the latter category is protecting my peace. In many areas of my life I went with the flow, although I wasn’t at peace, for a variety of reasons but one main reason…FEAR. Fear of asking for what I deserve… Fear of letting go… Fear of saying no for the sake of pleasing other people. I saw this post on Tracee Ellis Ross’ Instagram page and it really resounded with me.
To protect your peace…
It’s okay to cancel a commitment.
It’s okay to not take the call.
It’s okay to change your mind.
It’s okay to take a day off.
It’s okay to speak up.
It’s okay to be alone.
It’s okay to let go.
It’s okay to say no.
I made a choice to protect my peace because it’s one of the most important elements of self-care. It definitely takes practice for me, but the payoff is well worth it.