I glanced down at my coffee cup as I picked it up. Ugh. It was half empty. Not only that, what remained was in that creepy neutral zone of "almost tepid and guaranteed to make me gag" at an unsuspecting moment.... mostly likely when I'm in my zone writing :-P

I got up to empty it out and replace it with now, hot coffee, filling it to the brim, and return to what I was doing. But not before thoughts began to form in my mind.

A quote I had seen recently bouncing  around.... "when your cup is empty, you can't give anyone else a drink".

This can apply to us on several levels... spiritually and physically.

To often I hear things like " I just don't have time to exercise", " I haven't been to the doctor for my yearly checkups", " Eating well is to costly", "I have (kids, job, obligations etc) I don't really have time for myself ", "My family is more important"

Sometimes, I think there's a certain level of being a martyr involved, like it's something to be proud of, putting yourself on the backburner to care for everything else.

Oh... I mean... if I can say that... did that just jump out of my head ?

Here's the deal. When your cup is empty, not only do you have nothing to offer others, you don't have a lot to offer yourself.

I believe a spiritual life is important, and that is an entire different post. I'm coming at this from a physical perspective.

Not taking.... and I'm using that word here... "taking" the time for yourself in your day is doing no one any favors.

Setting aside time for exercise, feeding your body in  a healthy way, making regular doctor appointments, and nourishing your soul in what way you might choose is key to keeping your cup full!

Yes, these are habits you might have to work at building if it's unfamiliar to you. It will take some time and focused determination to make it become something that feels like "routine".

I really understood the value of this several years ago when my husband had very unexpected, serious back surgery. He was in the hospital for weeks and in ICU for a week after surgery.

Those days were long, tough, and mentally taxing. If you've spent extended time with a loved one, you know what I mean.

Getting up and working out before I began my day there left me clear headed and feeling, well, strong, for a long day. It mentally put me in a good place. It gave my body the outlet for stress, worry and anxiety over an unexpected situation in our lives. Running let me think and process and clear my mind.

Over these past few years there have been many other things in my life, and I've continued to place my workouts as a part of my own health and maintenance for the benefit of those I love and serve.

I will tell you... it's not shallow... or vain... or selfish... or taking time away when you should be doing something "more important".

You... are important. You are important to the people in your life who love you and care for you.  Investing in yourself to keep your cup full is not a waste or something you should put off or that you aren't worthy enough to deserve.

What can you implement in your life to go towards keeping your cup full ? What steps do you need to take daily to make it happen ?