One of my favorite books EVER(!) is The Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living by Janet Luhrs. I read this book cover-to-cover for the first time about 20 years ago, and have since read portions of it numerous times.
I'm also in the process of taking Luhrs' Simple Living class that she offers online through her website. I'll be sharing my impressions of the class in my next newsletter. (For those of you who don't get my quarterly newsletter and want to sign up, send me a quick email at Shannon@LiveWithLessLLC.com and I'll register you.)
Last night, this paragraph really resonated with me:
Much of what is missing in a hurried life is the simple act of nurturing. We're too busy to nurture ourselves and definitely too much to nurture those around us. Often we get so caught up in our own drive to succeed and accomplish that we neglect our human relationships - and it is these relationships that can give us the most depth and meaning. Nurture is like nourishment - we all need it to survive. Nurture is taking care. Nurturing takes time. In order to nurture other people, we need to be fully present and, better yet, fully real. When we let down our guard, we can get closer to people, and thus, we can move into a relationship of deeper care.
How are you nurturing yourself and others?