RE: Self Gratification

“Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair or two cups of good hot black coffee.”

Special Agent Dale Cooper, FBI, Twin Peaks  (1990, T.V. series)

I suppose this quote goes hand in hand with my recent list of happy thoughts; a thing that most people who deal with me everyday would think a bit uncharacteristic, but there you go.

It really is important to give yourself little things now and again. The concept of buying yourself a little something everyday, while nice is a bit unrealistic. At least it is unrealistic from the perspective of someone trying to support a family on a line cook’s wages. Following the themes in Agent Cooper’s examples, you don’t have to do anything spectacular, just treat yourself right for a change.

Perhaps the best gift you can give yourself is time. Just a few moments to relax, or to work on a project you think is important instead of worrying about what other people want from you. Maybe just sleep in a bit one day. You deserve it, I know I do. This is half the reason I spend time writing on this blog.

I don’t think many people spend enough time appreciating themselves. It may seem a bit narcissistic, but really if you don’t appreciate what you do, who’s going to.

Happy Monday.

9 thoughts on “RE: Self Gratification

  1. Yes, give ourselves the space to do what fills that part of us, maybe that edgy part that will feel soothed, so that we can more genuinely give and love, not from pain, but from generosity. Free stuff is best. I’m thinking of your list again, it was good.

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