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An Opening to Peace

Have you ever really been your own first priority?  I know I put my needs a the bottom of the list of things to do.  I could come up with every excuse in the book but I saw them as justified.  I was taking care of Jack who had cancer or my mom who was blind and had dementia.  Both of them have died and there is yet another day, another year of not taking care of myself. There have been times since Jack passed that it occurred me to that in so many ways I’ve been silently killing myself.  Before anyone jumps to the wrong conclusion I am not suicidal. What I am though is a person who hasn’t shifted my priorities to myself yet.  How and what I eat, my lack of exercise and honestly my inability to leave my home once I am inside these doors do not support my health but rather hasten my demise. Intellectually we realize what we are doing but aren’t motivated enough to break the destructive cycles in our lives. We think that we need to do something big or even radical to kick ourselves into gear.  Yet it is that belief that keeps us spinning in a downward cycle. How do you feel about you?  Are you still putting everyone and everything else first and not…