When we indulge ourselves with a massage, or take a nap in the afternoon, we usually talk about it as “treating ourselves” to a luxury. I would like to look a little deeper into this language of “treating ourselves”.
We have a habit of thinking that taking a break from constant driving is equivalent to overindulging ourselves. Especially when we are going through a transition—from training for a triathlon to changing careers, from going through a divorce to watching the kids leave home—we are in particular need of treating ourselves.
But we continue to think of it as indulgence, rather that seeing the words more clearly for what they describe. Treating ourselves is literally about how we treat ourselves everyday. Why should a massage or a nap be a luxury? The evidence of living proves that each day is an ebb and flow of high and low energy, yet we persist in pretending that we can “give 110%”. Read more →