Friday, February 29, 2008

If I Were A Guest In My Own House

I had another epiphany yesterday: I would never treat a guest in my house the way I sometimes treat myself.

Think about it. For most of us, if we have a guest in our house—even if we don’t like them very much or know them very well—how do we treat that person? What would we automatically do for them? What ways would we try to make their lives pleasant while they were our guest?

(Note: You could substitute the word friend for guest. For me, the word guest works better.)

What if I treated myself the way I’d treat a guest?

So this week is an experiment. I’m going to try—every time I remember to do so—to treat myself as if I were a guest in my own house.

How about you? How would you treat yourself differently if you were a guest in YOUR house?

Sending blessings and safe and gentle ((((((hugs))))))),


Kahless said...

Hi April,
Not quite sure what you mean, some examples would be good. Because for a guest, I would cook them meals (I already do that for myself!) I'd clean up after them (I do that for myself!) etc. I am sure I am missing the point.

motherwintermoon said...

I've been catching up on your recent posts, and all the winds of change blowing through your life, bringing new insights and transformations.

I am eager to read the result of your experiment!

Thank you as always for being here to care and share your healing journey.

gypsy-heat said...

I would totally focus on myself! Uninterrupted time..all about me, me. me!! hee, hee.

Looking forward to hearing about your experiment.

Marj aka Thriver said...

As usual, you always come up with unique, helpful and healing ways of looking at things. I'm going to think about this one for my life and look forward to hearing how it goes for you!

April_optimist said...

Kahless, I'm never quite sure how much to elaborate--I worry that my posts run too long as it is! My latest post might clarify what I meant.

Mother Wintermoon, How wonderful to see you here!!!

Gypsy Heart, LOL!

Marj, See my latest post for an update!

Karma said...

That's actually what I've been working on in therapy. It sounds like something easy, but I majorly struggle with. Are you also "April" from the writing blog that I just got a comment from or is that someone else? If its you, its so interesting to finally see a face to go with the person I've been in dialog with :)

April_optimist said...

Kahless, As you can see from my part 2 post, I tried to explain a little more clearly what I meant.

Motherwintermoon, It's so good to see you post!!!

LOL Gypsy-Heart!

Karma, See my latest post about "mistake central."