Respite: A short interval of rest or relief

“Be yourself;
everyone else is taken.”
– Oscar Wilde

No sense wasting time wishing we were someone else better equipped to handle all the responsibilities that have been dumped on our plate. Each individual experiences unexpected burdens at times, suddenly weighing them down. Hopefully, when this happens, we encounter some kindness and compassion along the way to ease our burden.

When we do not, however, it might be time to become our own “best friend” and find healthy, gentle and wise ways to embrace ourselves. Everyone needs some tender loving care along the way. Often we know how to offer it to others but remain confused about how to give it to ourselves. Dispelling this confusion would be a study quite worthy of our contemplation.

– Connie Popp

Dr. Connie PoppDr. Connie Popp is a board member for The Center for Life Transitions as well as an active facilitator for the Center’s Life-SHIFT and Job Search Courage programs. She is also the Director of Campus Ministry at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read more.