13 April 2020 – Make Sacrifices for Your Own Betterment

Weekly YES Quote!

“people go

but how

they left

always stays”

Rupi Kaur, milk and honey

(milk and honey is an affiliate link)

Weekly Reflection

I don’t want to focus on death this week. Let that be clear upfront

This week’s reflection and challenge are actually quite the opposite.

Instead we’re going to focus on you – we’re going to focus on how you’re progressing or regressing as a person while dealing with this challenging time.

We’re all suffering… and to blunt, it sucks.

We’ve all had to make sacrifices that we either didn’t intend to make or want to make.

And the end isn’t in sight – even if the media says lock down should be over end of April… you know deep down that just because the lock down is over doesn’t mean what we’re experiencing is over.

Think about what sacrifices you’ve had to make even if they depress the hell out of you.

I want you to reflect inward and face these sacrifices head-on.

Maybe some of the sacrifices, though frustrating now, needed to be let go. Even ones you never intended to give up nor wanted to give up. Maybe this is for the better.

Those are the sacrifices I want to focus on this week: the sacrifices we didn’t take the time to realize weren’t good for our betterment anyway.

Rupi Kaur, in her book milk and honey, talks about letting go of a lover when she writes the quote:

“people go

but how

they left

always stays”

I want you to read this quote, and I want you to think of yourself. 

You‘ve had to let things go. You‘ve had to make sacrifices. And You are a different person because of it.

Don’t stress over what you have or can’t have because of the limitations and restrictions we’re currently facing. Instead be proud of your ability to accept these limitations and restrictions and become a better you.

Be proud that you’ve been able to sacrifice things / habits / mentalities that along you didn’t need.

You’re a strong person for making these sacrifices.

And when all of this is truly over… whenever that may be… you’ll have bettered yourself. Hold onto that – appreciate where you’ve come from, who you are now, and hold onto that dearly!

For things change and people change. We’re well aware of that because we’re forced to face it.

But you can take this in stride!

Weekly Challenge

Set everything else you’re doing aside and give yourself time to reflect on what you no longer have, can do, or should do.

Write down the sacrifices you’ve had to make and truly look them over. 

Take a deep breath in, then let it out.

Clear your mind of all the negative thoughts that just trickled in because you’re forcing yourself to look at what you may or may not want to acknowledge.

Again – take a deep breath in, then let it out.

Now look at the list again.

What on this list have you been forced to sacrifice that you’re actually appreciative that you’ve had to sacrifice? 

  • What part of yourself have you moved on from that betters you?
  • What activities have you let go of that never added value anyway?
  • What things have you freed yourself from that were cluttering up your life?

Don’t forget about these sacrifices – for knowing where you were will help you pave the way for where you’re going.

But don’t cling to them either – for they’ll only weigh you down and stop your forward progress.

For how you were was just as beautiful, but where you’re going will be all the more glamorous.

Also, don’t fear adding to this list throughout the week / month / year!

As each day passes we are blessed with the opportunity to reflect inward and really assess where we’re at, what we’ve been strong enough to let go of, and how much stronger we’ve become because of it.

Don’t hold yourself back from the awesomeness you have, are, and can attain.

Reminder to Just Say Yes!

As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!

Click on the links below to follow me on my social media accounts, and definitely subscribe to the blog for more Weekly Yes Quotes to help set your intention to kick start your week.

The link to Rupi Kaur’s book, milk and honey, is an affiliate link. If you purchase the book following my link I will receive a small kickback, and you will receive a wonderful edition to your collection! This book is among my favorites – I own it in hard copy and reference it regularly. I also recommend some of her other works like the sun and her flowers, which is also an affiliate link.

Published by yesmaamaly

Aly Bonomini is the creator of the blogs Yes Ma'am! & Cheesy Vegans. She is an avid adventurer, experience enthusiast, and motivator who lives her life by the motto: "Just say yes!"

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