At this point in the cycle, I’m focused on how attentive I am to my needs. It is hard for me. I’ve been working on this for a long time. I often neglect my own needs in order appease those around me. Honestly, most times I don’t even realize I’m neglecting myself. I am still learning what I need when I need it, and at what point to prioritize those needs over other things going on around me.

I think what will help me learn to manage my own needs would be to check in on myself throughout the day using a journaling app or paper journal. Once I can easily recognize my needs, then then I can do it less. Being attentive to myself will become more intuitive. Well that’s the goal at least.

Boy, while I write this, I can’t help but think that it really does take a long time to master this human thing. It’s work that requires daily intentions. Makes me truly understand how important it is to be kind to everyone. If just being a good well balanced human requires this much homework, imagine how hard it is was when you add academic or career homework onto to the pile.

So what do you struggle with when it comes to being attentive? Are you more attentive to yourself or are you more attentive to others?

Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily on improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

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