The first time I met her we had a little time together in the waiting room where she told me a little bit about her story.
This was her third time with cancer and she was here for radiation.
Her first words of advice were “never take your taste buds for granted”.
Which I always have.
She told me that she had lost her ability to taste things with her first bout of cancer. She could only enjoy four things, mocha Kahlúa, mocha lattes from McDonald’s, her own barbecue sauce (over rice or shredded chicken) and eggs.
That made me think about all the foods I love – especially sweets. It was a very thought-provoking message.
Then the second piece of advice she gave to me as I walked away really hit home.
“Do something nice for yourself today” a great big wide smile took over her whole face and she continued, “we always take time to do things for others, but we never think about doing something special for ourselves.”
I saw her again today, I stopped briefly to say hello and asked her how she was doing. She told me she was doing well.
When I turned to walk away she smiled that beautiful smile and said “Remember to do something nice for yourself today.”
Mentally I filed it away, to think about later, when I had more time.
As I began to take a bite of my veggie corn dog while standing at the kitchen sink – those words echoed loudly in my head.
The message made such an impact that I grabbed a plate and went and sat down to eat. Something I rarely do.
I looked out the back windows and saw 2 of our dogs walking around in the green grass, I heard the new chimes I recently put up and actually felt at peace eating lunch.
This was something so easy and enjoyable to do for myself.
Anyone who knows me well can attest, I always eat as if there is raging fire needing to be put out and I am the only one who knows how.
Today was different.
Because of this wonderful woman, and because we don’t generally do as much for ourselves, today’s Text You is easy…
Text yourself the message “Do something nice for yourself today”
Then resend the message again and again when you become overwhelmed or just need a little “pampering”
Below is a list of ideas – please take one – they’re free:
- Have an enjoyable lunch with yourself
- Visit a place you enjoyed as a child
- Take a nap
- Go to the movies and see something no one else wanted to see (mix a small popcorn with Raisinets)
- Take a tour of your city – act like a tourist
- Stop counting calories on purpose
- Read a book outside
- Open the windows on a rainy day
- Go for a walk on a rainy day (with or without an umbrella)
- Eat at the bar of your favorite restaurant (or Waffle House that’s even better)
I was given this message to use and share – please use it and pass it on…
Her Daughter wrote this after reading the article:
That wonderful woman you met in the waiting room is my mom. You have no idea how many nice things she has done for other people. Everyone who meets her loves her. She is so kind to everyone and is so genuinely happy for the successes of others. I can’t even begin to count the number of people who have said to me that they wish she were their mom. Before big events like the SAT’s or cheerleading tryouts, she would scour the yard until she found a four-leaf clover not only for my sister and I, but for our cheerleading partners as well. She taught us that everyone is good at something and should be valued for what they do. This was evident when the after hours cleaning crew at her office met me once and told me how great she was. Or the guy who filled the vending machines. I’m so glad she finally knows to do something nice for herself, because she spent her life doing nice things for everyone in her life. I am so lucky that this wonderful woman who can only taste 4 things is my mom! I love her so much!