I had a good conversation with my sister today. It had been a while, not for any other reason than she is the busiest person I know and I am the second busiest person I know. And, I am thankful for the kind of laughter I got to indulge in as a result of that talk. But also thankful for this reminder from Emanuel (an angel name was never more appropriate for a mortal) for both my sister and myself about how we might better deal with external pressures by putting them behind the imperative that is self care.

You deserve the love you keep trying to give eveveryone else.

And I will be the first to admit that there are a host of (bad word descriptor for mean/dumb/condescending people here … Rhymes with brother chuckers.)  But this quote was a reminder about trying to love and support the good ones, and recognizing that — our mean tendencies aside, we, each of us, deserve and are called to love ourselves, even in the moments when we aren’t as kind as we could be. Because if we do, maybe it’ll be easier to walk away from the folks that make it hard to do so, if we can’t find a way to love them. Beats the alternative — and I haven’t found a 100% effective untraceable poison easily available on the Internet, so … This seems like a better plan. Here comes Monday. I am rooting for you!

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